“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,”
In worldly terms peace is generally understood as an absence of something – such as hostilities or need. In God’s eyes peace is something that He gives and which is independent of a worldly context. Jesus said to His disciples,
“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.” (John 14:27)
Paul went on to write,
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
This peace is a gift from God Himself and not something that we can manufacture. As with love and joy it is not something that is independent of God but rather a gift that comes from God out of His presence in our lives. The illustration that Jesus used of the Vine in John 15 is a good example. As we are joined to Him, and His life flows into us, we will be transformed. His life power is what produces growth in us and the fruit that we are called to bear for the glory of God. A part of this fruit will be that which is called the fruit of the Spirit. He will bring it out in our lives to the extent that we co-operate with Him. The closer we are to God, and the stronger our relationship with Him, the more that the fruit of love, joy and peace will become a part of our lives.
Our peace is the absolute trust that we have in the love and power of God in our lives. Nothing is greater than God’s love for us, nothing is greater than the power of God, and this God is in absolute control of every single moment and every single aspect of our lives. Whatever the world may throw at us God will never let us go or desert us.
• “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
• “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Because Almighty God loves us with and everlasting and sacrificial love we can trust Him. He is our peace. He will see us through.
I look at today – the world, the church and me – and I am disturbed.
I look at God – His yesterday, today and tomorrow – and I find peace.
Choose to believe and trust in Him. Own the Scripture promises for when you need them.
Lord I believe – help my unbelief. Amen.