The Fruit of the Spirit is…PEACE

18 Jun

bible“The fruit of the Spirit is…peace!” Galatians 5:22

As I have been pondering this third fruit mentioned in Galatians 5:22 today, two specific verses from Psalms have been on my heart. Psalm 29:11 and Psalm 119:165 have brought much joy to today’s journey! Isn’t it awesome how one fruit often brings about the growth of another! 🙂

“…the LORD will bless his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11

Surely God’s gift of peace is an incredible blessing! I was thinking today that it’s really the presence of peace in our lives and the absence of peace in the lives of the lost that separates us. It’s peace that the world is seeking when they turn to other things in search of satisfaction. They are simply trying to fill a God-sized whole in their hearts with human attempts at peace. If they only knew that “HE is our PEACE!” (Ephesians 2:14) We have peace because we are “HIS people!” (I love the possessive pronouns of God’s Word that assure me that I am “HIS!”:)) If they only knew that nothing can provide the “peace of God” (Phil. 4:7) for which they long, save God, Himself! Not unlike the first two fruits, peace is another fruit only acquired through His work in us not of anything we could ever attain on our own! True peace is a gift from none other than the “Prince of Peace,” Christ Jesus our Lord! (Is. 9:6)

“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Psalm 119:165

This verse from one of my favorite chapters in Psalms makes it clear where the Child of God can find greater peace! Not only are we promised peace when we “love (His) law” but we are promised “GREAT peace!”(You already know how excited I get over the awesome adjectives used in the Word!) 🙂 This word “great” comes from the Hebrew word “rab” meaning abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality):plenteous! When we are resorting to Scripture for comfort, direction, or for the filling of any need we may have, we find a God who delights in giving greatly abundant peace to His people! If we are lacking peace, perhaps we are lacking in time spent in His Word.

This precious peace is another wondrous benefit bought for us on Calvary’s mountain some 2,000 years ago!   “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” (Romans 5:1) It’s through our Lord, and through Him alone. Without Him, we are without everything of any worth “for when we were yet without strength,” (and peace!) “in due time Christ died for the ungodly!” (Romans 5:6) I praise my Lord for peace! 🙂

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