The fruit of the Spirit we are talking about today is peace. The verse we begin with is Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.” When we think about God and his perfect peace, this should remind us that we are resting not upon changing sands of our circumstances but upon God who is our rock, eternal and unchanging.
In Matthew 5:9, Jesus said: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.” To be a peacemaker means that we do our best to realize what Christ did for us on the cross by buying us peace with God. Jesus here means that we are to be people who are not contentious. We can disagree without being disagreeable and we can confront without being abusive. We begin peacemaking by starting with whatever peaceful point of agreement we can find. Peace helps beget peace. To be called sons of God means that this attitude is a hallmark of being a child of God. Think of how much easier our life would be if we followed Jesus more closely.
In Romans 12:18 the apostle Paul says: “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” There may be people who are not peaceful toward us but this should not affect our attitude in trying to show Christ to them.
In Philippians 4:6, 7 Paul says: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” These verses are self explanatory. If we truly trust in God with our life and fervently pray to Him knowing that He hears and answers the prayers of His people, then we should have peace which is unknown to the world because our sovereign God is in control of all things.
In Colossians 3:15 Paul said: “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you are called in one body, and be thankful.” The word rule means umpire. We in a sense have a choice to make, whether or not we will let the peace of Christ guide us in our circumstances that truly frustrate us or give in to our anger, lash out with our tongue and then regret how our conduct has affected not only us but people around us.
This peace that we have talked about is only for the believer. Isaiah bluntly says in Chapter 48:22: “There is no peace, says the Lord, for the wicked. Unbelievers are looking high and low for contentment and peace in their life. They turn to all the wrong things. It may be alcohol, it may be drugs, it may be entertainment but that for which they seek will never be found outside of Christ. Let us be thankful for the fruit of the Spirit especially for God’s peace.