"Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, fidelity, tolerance and self-control" (J.B.Philips: Galatians 5:22).
Love, the first fruit of the Spirit comes to us simultaneously the moment we realize in full the love that the Father of the universe has for us. Joy follows soon after when we realize how many of the terrible problems we struggled with so long pale into insignificance.
Peace is the natural consequence of this revolution that has taken place in our psyche. But it may be a life long affair to come back to that peace each time we realize that we've departed from it.
Self-control: Ah! the crux of the matter? It was not for nothing that Paul made this the last gift of the Spirit. How's your self-control?
Recently I've gotten deeper and deeper into a mantra from Isaiah:
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee : because he trusteth in thee" (26:3) (This trust is what Jesus meant when he's quoted by the gospelers as saying, 'believe, believe, believe': it is better translated 'trust, trust, trust'. Jesus didn't (and doesn't) give a rap about any sort of intellectual propositions we might or might not believe!!!)
. I use this in my zazen, and I turn to it more and more through the day (I spend a lot of time in the car waiting while Ellie shops). Most of my life I seemed too busy!! for this sort of thing; that's one of the blessings of seniority!
That peaceful state is readily available to any Christian who takes the time to seek it. It may often involve giving up and letting go some of your bad habits (they take so much of our time). But I'll tell you one thing: it's sure peaceful! You know when to act, and when you don't need to act. It solves an awful lot of problems. God bless you all.