The third fruit of the Spirit is Peace. However, the world we live in today is anything but peaceful. It is filled with violence and evil. It seems like every day, there is some new terrorist bombing or someone is getting shot. It’s on the news, the internet, social media, our city streets and even our churches. You can’t escape it. However, you don’t have to let it reside in your hearts.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control; against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22, MEV
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, peace is defined as:
A State of Tranquility or quiet
Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
Harmony in personal relations
The peace I am talking about can only come from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by repenting of your sins and accepting his wonderful gift of salvation. However, it doesn’t stop there. It is only the beginning.
It resides in your heart and your mind no matter how chaotic the world around you may be. It comes from the presence of the Holy Spirit and by pressing into Jesus in every situation.
Jesus said in John 14:27, MEV,
“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
It is so easy to rely on our own strength and wisdom before going to God. Usually, we end up going to God last, if at all. However, if we seek Him out first, I find it usually saves me from a lot of heartache and mistakes.
Going to God first also gives me that peace that passes understanding that can only come from the Holy Spirit and the presence of God. When I begin to worry about the future, I turn to Him. When I worry about my family, I turn to him. This life has so many things that can cause us stress, distract us and keep us from the most important thing we can do- develop our relationship with Jesus Christ.
My husband has a saying that I hold close to my heart: “Trust God and do the next right thing.”
In the end, that’s all any of us can really do anyway. This world is temporary and the only thing that will last in this world is God Almighty and our souls.
In this world, there will be trials and tribulations of all kinds. Loved ones will die. Jobs will be lost. Injustice will happen. Hearts will be broken. This world will pass away. Our bodies will get weak and die. But our souls will live on- in one place or another. Jesus has already overcome the world and I don’t believe that it will be long before He comes again.
“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” John 16:33, MEV
There’s a saying “you reap what you sow.”(Galatians 6:7).
While we are still on this earth we have a choice to sow divisiveness, evil, selfishness, etc. or we can sow righteousness, love, and peace by following the example that Jesus set for us.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure,then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17-18, MEV
I encourage you to seek out true peace- the third fruit of the Spirit. Seek out God first. Rest in His love knowing that He waiting for you. He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).