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.
- wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24:4-14),
- terrorist activities,
- 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
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
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.
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.Amen.