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The Fruit of the Spirit – 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.

82015 RayWe 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 us 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 – to 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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October 8, 2015 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , ,

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