The Fruit of the Spirit of Peace

Posted by Marcia Newkirk on 03/05/2013
We have explored together the past few posts about the various fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. As a matter of review, please recall that these wonderful attributes are the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. They are not made by your self-discipline or natural tendencies. They are a direct result of God living in and through you. Fruit describes outcome, consequence and finished product. It is the tangible evidence of the Lord's work in our lives. As we experience intimacy with God His fruit is lived out in our lives. So, as you read this post, realize this is not something you can add to your to do list. Instead the way the fruit is lived out in our lives is as our relationship with our Heavenly Father grows, His fruit is the result or benefit of our time together. If you lack the fruit, spend time reading, praying, and asking God to reveal Himself through you.   Today, let's remember the fruit of the Spirit of peace. We live in tense and anxious times. Our futures are insecure at best. Stress related illnesses have reached an all time high. Watching the nightly news reveals clearly that peace is lacking in the world. Whether you are a mom with toddlers under your feet, a mom with college students gone from home, or an empty nester, we all long for peace. How can we experience peace in the midst of so much strife and stress?   The peace of the Spirit is not dependent upon the absence of strife. We can experience peace in our hearts even in the middle of chaos all around. God promises in His Word that He is with us, He is caring for us, and He is Himself peace. If you traveled by sea and came upon a storm, as the disciples often did on the Sea of Galilee, you might be afraid as they were. However, did you know, that only a short distance under the surface the water remains calm even while the sea above rages. Our lives too can reflect peace to others even if circumstances around us are falling apart. May I suggest that the more you know who God is and His character, the more peace you will experience. Consider the things that create anxiety or lack of peace in your life. Knowing who God is and what God does can clearly be an antidote against anxiety and worry. Consider how different your mornings could be if you radiate God's peace. Getting children out the door to school on time, providing a healthy breakfast for your husband, leaving your house to get to work on time, is your morning peace-filled or does chaos reign? Peace should be part of our character because God has called us to live lives of peace.   This peace we are speaking of is peace with God, peace with ourselves and peace with others. These are not three different unrelated types of peace but instead different expressions of the same peace.   Philippians 4:6-7 says,do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. This verse literally says, stop being anxious and the result is the peace of God will guard your heart and mind.   Do you long for this peace today? Stop right now and pray. Ask God to reveal to you how to live in His peace. Give Him your anxieties. Is there something He has called you to do that you have ignored? Can you plan a little more at night to help your family experience peace every morning? Don't give up, don't give in, His peace is possible even today.

2 Comments

Carla Says:
March 5th, 2013 at 9:34 am
Marcia, thank you so much for this encouraging article about peace! What a great reminder that while we can't affect world peace...we can help create a peaceful environment in our home and "radiate God's peace" each morning to our family and others. I also love your illustration that the storm is only on the surface of the water and that our inner peace, as a result of God's Spirit within us, remains unaffected by the uncertain and changeable environment of our world. I feel blessed and encouraged!

Glenda Bliss Says:
March 18th, 2013 at 3:28 pm
Marcia:
Thank you for this encouragement to fill our mornings with peace. Your article brought to mind my days as a mom of young children and my attempts to bring peace to our morning routine. I got in the habit of setting the table before I went to bed with a very clear idea of what we were having for breakfast the next day. This gave me extra time to coax the children, especially one particular sleepy head, out of bed. Those were some trying times and your article reminded me of the importance of praying for young moms and the routines of daily life.
Thank you for the reminder,
Glenda
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