Fruit of the Spirit (Peace)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law – Galatians 5:22-23.
Peace is the state of being without war in your mind, heart and spirit. Sadly to say, many professing Christians don’t have the peace the Lord gave to His people. Today they’re on the mountain top, tomorrow they may be in the valley, their emotions are like being on a roller-coaster, up and down, jerking all over the place and it shouldn’t be with Christians.
The result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is deep and lasting peace. Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance; with Jesus’s peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future. Sin, fear uncertainty, doubt are forces at war within us. The peace of God moves into our hearts and lives to restrain the forces that would try to take our peace.
Jesus’ promise to the believer is peace (Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid – John 14:27). Jesus is the truth, as we fellowship and commune with Him, we come into the knowledge of the truth. To clothe our mind with the truth, we must abide in the Word, and allow His Word to abide in us and remain. Jesus was invulnerable to all of Satan’s attacks because His mind was girded with truth. He was unconquerable, He could not be defeated because His mind was girded with truth, and His confidence was in God, His Father.
Just as Jesus girded His mind with the truth and confidence in His Father, we must do likewise. When we meditate on scriptures it relieves the fear, and place our confidence in God (Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee – Isaiah 26:3). When we’re devoted to Him, our whole attitude is steady and stable. Supported by God’s unchanging love and mighty power, we are not shaken by the surrounding chaos. The peace God gives goes beyond human comprehension. To have our minds stayed on Him means to lean on God in total confidence and security. God’s peace is greater than any alarm system, greater than any police department or military. He’s the God that is omnipotent – unlimited power; omnipresent – present in all places at the same time; omniscient – knowing all things.
Knowing this and experiencing His presence and power, will keep one in perfect peace through God’s word and the Comforter which is the Holy Spirit.