Fruit of the Spirit: 3. Peace

At peace all day long. Peace is the third named Fruit of the Spirit.

Like Joy, Peace is also linked to righteousness and uprightness of heart.

Ps 119: 165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

All people are called to have peace with four entities; 1. God, 2. People, 3. our enemies, and ourselves. However, most people lack in at least one of the four, and the cause of that is our world view.

Col 3.15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

Heb 12.14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

Prov 16.7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Proverbs 19:8 – He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul:…

Peace with any less than all four beings instantly insinuates we do not have the peace God is suggesting.

The unsaved can have a good spirit and peace with other people including enemies, but can never have peace with God, except through repentance.

Experience tells us that peace in the natural is not the domain of the Christian, though it should be. Christians should be at the forefront of forgiveness and peace, but the conflict within the church for one reason or another, is rampant and a blight on the godly community.

It is also a good reason why some people do not accept Christ as their saviour. If he can’t bring peace to his followers, they say, how can he ever get them to Heaven?

There is a misunderstanding about Peace, as there is with humility. Humility is the undergarment of peace. It is the catalyst of peace. One cannot have peace without humility, since peace starts with us first. Easy in Word but difficult in practice, humility is the first-step requirement to gaining any peace we think we might get.

Peace with God comes through obedience and love for him.

Peace with other people comes through acceptance, forgiveness and judging them with the same measurement we use for ourselves.

Peace with our enemies comes when we love them, bless them, do good to them, and pray for them; and forgive much.

Peace with ourselves comes when we accept who we are, and, when we are about to beat ourselves up for messing life up again, understand God’s extreme love for our souls, and get up and keep going.

Peace also comes with resting; resting in the spirit. The Lord is hoping for us to elevate to a plane where we have determined to rest in him, regardless of our circumstances, all week long.

Peace is also attractive to others. A peaceful person seems to fascinate most other people. A peaceful Christian, with the right motivation, is a worthy tool in the hand of the master, and can do much good for the kingdom.

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