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As we become more like Jesus, we experience several aspects of peace. We can have peace with people we disagree with over "disputable matters." We can have peace with people outside the faith, including government leaders. We experience internal peace that removes anxiety and worry. And we have peace with God through his forgiveness.
Self-control is empowered by God-control, which gives us the strength to control our tongue, our temper, our impulses, our addictions to food, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, or chemical substances, and to control our bodies and minds from sexual expression that's contrary to biblical teaching.
Hope for a Christian is not found in health or wealth, because both are uncertain. Our hope is based on God's promise that he is working everything out for our good. Our hope is increased by daily growing more and more like Christ. And our hope is tied to heaven and what God is preparing for us t...
Patience can be tough! But by trusting in God's goodness, we can put matters into God's hands when we have to wait; we can restrain our anger when we have to endure suffering; we can maintain our integrity when we're under pressure; and we can keep our composure when people irritate us.