Fruit of the Spirit – Peace

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Peace is often thought of as an outward thing.  Where people speak of peace, it is usually thought of as an absence of conflict.  When people cry for peace, they are calling for an end to war in some particular place.

Christians should desire outward peace, but that is not what Paul is referring to in this passage.  Instead, this is an inner peace that is accomplished through the Holy Spirit.

Peace is something that we don’t often think about until a time comes that we need it.  When chaos swirls about us, then we cry out so that God would give us peace.  But having peace within ourselves is something that can and should be practiced before chaos begins.

We gain peace by trusting God in small things.  When bigger trials come, we can reflect back upon the smaller things that God saw us through and our faith is increased.  We gain peace by knowing that God will see us through the big problems as well as the small ones.

Our peace is a testimony to others around us, as are all of the fruit of the Spirit.  When we have a peace that comes from God, others will notice it because it is a peace that passes understanding.  God’s peace can’t be replicated anywhere else, it can only come through the Holy Spirit.

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