Fruits of the Spirit Series - Peace

JOHN 14: 26 – 27 – “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Let’s take a look in the dictionary at the definition of peace. It notes that peace is the absence of war … an agreement to end hostility … freedom from quarrels and disagreements … public security and order … inner contentment … freedom from strife.

The trouble with “peace” as the world gives is the attempt to define a spiritual reality by an earthly condition. Impossible.

Yes – that’s right – peace is a spiritual reality. Peace doesn’t exist in a vacuum – It is the fruit of a relationship. Here are some for consideration: Savior and saved one; King and subject; Brother and sister; Lord and servant; Father and daughter; forever friends.

The powers of earth would tell us that peace exists when there are no wars.
Christ tells us peace exists in the presence of the Savior not the absence of wars.

People of the earth see peace when nations and rulers agree to end their hostility.
Christ has ended the hostility between God and man – no other treaty is needed.

The siblings of the earth immersed in disagreements seek to be the “right one”.
Christ as our Brother seeks only to present us as a righteous one.

We see guns and wars from the leaders of earth to bring us security and order.
Christ our Lord has promised us the lion and the lamb will lie down together.

The earth seeks to introduce rulers to lead and keep us from destruction.
Christ seeks to introduce us to our Heavenly Father who loves us as family.

The world teaches us to have peace we need release from strife – but has no power to make that reality.

Christ teaches us that He “will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in You.” (ISAIAH 26:3)
Peace – fruit of the Spirit - grown in the trusting of God – ripe for blessing the world.