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Do you Want Temporal Peace or Eternal Peace?

Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

We continue through this week – examining the Fruits of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5.  Today we will deal with the third fruit listed – peace.  Peace is something that most of us search for – even yearn for – in our lives.

What is it that brings you peace?  I could talk about temporal peace – much like happiness – and say that it is circumstantially driven.  Some peace comes over us when the circumstances line up properly. A measure of peace comes over us when we have completed our finals – a large project – our education – after a big family gathering. Eternal or spiritual peace comes from our relationship with God.

Job 22:21 – “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.”

This passage suggests that peace comes from submitting to God.  It is derived from our walk with our Lord.  Jesus even talks about this peace with His disciples – as recorded by the Apostle John.

John 14:27 – 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.

The world only knows how to offer temporal peace – circumstantially driven peace.  God can give deep down peace – everlasting peace – eternal peace – peace derived from our walk with God.  Even in the face of death we can fear no evil – now that is peace.

Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Our relationship with God brings peace.  With that said – if we desire true peace – we need to enhance – build – our relationship with God.  Walking in the Lord – in the ways and teachings of God – brings us peace.  And all of this is through Christ – who bore our sins on the cross of Calvary.  Our debt is paid – now that brings us peace – real peace.

Romans 5:1 – Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 22, 2010 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I’ve often thought (and preached) that the fruit of the Spirit is a picture of life at its very best, what God intended our lives to look like when he created us. No matter what we believe or don’t believe, who wouldn’t want a life filled with all this kind of fruit? That makes me all the more glad that these are all the benefits of having a Holy Spirit-filled life submitted to Jesus. How awesome is that??

    Thanks, Ray, for all your posts… Keep it up!

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    Comment by Chris Owens | December 22, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks Chris – I read your blog often and your thoughts are challenging and encouraging at the same time. Thanks for being the man of God that you are!

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      Comment by raymcdonald | December 22, 2010 | Reply


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