Peace Is A Fruit Of The Spirit

The fruit of the Spirit is… Peace… Against such there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. – Galatians 5:22-23

It seems like everyone in the world is calling for peace. Politically those in leadership justify almost everything they do as attempting to bring peace. Whether it is peace between countries, peace within countries, peace in local communities, peace in the workplace, or peace in relationships; we all want peace.

What does it mean to be at peace? Many years ago in the “cold war” days our adversaries said they wanted peace, but their definition of peace was that the entire world would be under their domination – without resistance. That is not what most of us mean when we speak of peace.

Peace comes when there is confidence in a future and trust that leaders have our best interest at heart. Peace comes when people within a community have a common goal that is good for all. Peace comes in business when management and workers are in agreement on the purpose of the service or product being produced and can perform that process without taking advantage of others. Peace comes in relationships when all parties involved are more concerned about the others than about themselves.

If all of this is true, and we all want peace, why isn’t there peace? Notice how verses 19-21 contrasts with verses 22-23. The tendency of human nature is to arrange issues around self and that produces the behaviors and attitudes that Paul gives in the earlier verses. The Spirit working in us draws us to others and the concern we have for our neighbors, as Jesus defined neighbor, produces peace.

Peace comes not when we hold others under our power but when we use our authority to help others be blessed.

Prayer: Lord, I’m like everyone else; I want peace. I know that true and lasting peace only comes from you. Grant me the ability to live under the influence of your Holy Spirit so that the fruit of my life is peace. In Jesus name, amen.

Principle: The Spirit working in us draws us to others and the concern we have for our neighbors, as Jesus defined neighbor, produces peace.

Affirmation: I submit to Holy Spirit as he calls me to be at peace with my neighbor.

Reflection: There is one paragraph in our text which gives several situations which produce peace. Each is prefaced by, “Peace comes when…” Reflect on each of these and give us your thoughts.

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