Fruit of the Spirit - Peace


 

(Galatians 5:22-26)

Upon the superstructure of love and joy is built peace, the crown of all. It is the quality of mind for which men and women strive, bleed, and die, and yet it escapes the grasp of millions. Peace is more than forgiving ones-self and living with ones-self. The Hebrew word for peace is Shalom and this Hebrew peace always means everything which makes for other persons' highest good. It is the sense of a harmonious relationship with one’s most significant environment: God, Heaven, righteousness, truth, and men of good will. It is not so much adjustment to outward circumstances as to the inner and ultimate realities of our hearts. Peace that breathes calm during the storms and give an anchor to the soul. It is a source of strength and courage, hope and trust of full trust in Jesus Christ.

It is important that we see how the Christian community lives with each other and in the home and in the world. Christ has put to death hostility and provided peace of all mankind. (Read Ephesians 2:16). And this should be a reality in the hearts of all in the Church of the Lord, where Christ truly reigns, and this will be a universal reality in the end. We must remember the gift on God’s eternal Christmas list in Isaiah 9:6; that He is the “Prince of Peace” and that peace is to those far and near. When Christ came to earth the angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests” (Luke 2:14). And on the eve of His death, He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you” (John 14:27). After His resurrection, Jesus came to His disciples through locked doors and said, “Peace be with you!” (John 20:19-20). Keep in mind that “Jesus came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near” - for He is our peace.

The peace we are talking about is the peace of the Church, not the peace of the world. This means that the Church has an immense responsibility to be a pocket of peace in an alienated world.

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