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Peace Fruit

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  (Galatians 5: 19-23 – NIV)

In our harried and hectic world, peace seems to be in short supply.

There are

  • wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24:4-14),
  • terrorist activities,
  • factions,
  • demonstrations, and
  • miscellaneous unrest.

So just what peace are we talking about?

Back to the dictionary:

1:  a state of tranquillity or quiet: as
a :  freedom from civil disturbance
b :  a state of security or order within a community
provided for by law or custom <a breach of
the peace>
2:  freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
3:  harmony in personal relations
a :  a state or period of mutual concord between
b :  a pact or agreement to end hostilities between
those who have been at war or in a state of
5           —used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell
— at peace
:  in a state of concord or tranquillity

Aha!  peace is “a state of being”.  A state of our being.
We have little or no control over the events of the world or the circumstances that surround us. But God is sovereign, and he does have control. Nothing that happens surprises him.
I have never taken something to God in prayer and had him reply “Oh, really?  I didn’t know that.” Whatever is going on in our lives is something for which he has made provision. He knew about it in advance.

Therefore, our peace lies in our relationship to the Lord. When we rely on him, disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions have no power over us because we know God is in control.

When we move in obedience to him, he is responsible for the consequences of our actions. He will never ask us to do something not according to his will and his plans for our lives.
 His plan is for us to love one another, so we will have harmony with interpersonal relationships.
Father, God,
Thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit. Thank you that you have made plans for our lives, that nothing happens without your permission and provision. Help us to learn to lean quietly on you, no matter the circumstances around us. Help us to hear clearly and obey swiftly the promptings of your Holy Spirit. Thank you for your peace.
In Jesus’ most precious name.