Fruit of the Spirit.... Peace

We live in a world full of people seeking peace; from the “Make peace, not war”, posters to yoga classes craving “inner peace”. But the Christian has unique peace; there are three different kinds of peace a Christian should have:

a) Peace with God. When God forgives us, we are made right with Him. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1). We do not need to fear, but can be at peace knowing our sins are forgiven! His peace is wonderful, and passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7). Every true Christian is at peace with God. Are you? Do you know that you are free from guilt and sin?

b) Peaceful living. Romans 12:18 says “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” We need to seek peace with each other, after all “Blessed are the peacemakers...” (Matt. 5:9). We have to pursue peace (2 Tim. 2:22). People will see the Lord at work in us when we pursue peace (Heb. 12:14). This does not mean we have to agree with everyone and tiptoe round their theology, but it does mean that we should avoid conflicts where possible. This could be as simple as not retaliating when your brother winds you up, or not making a fuss when you’re asked to do something.

c) Peace of Mind. This is probably the one we struggle with most! It is easy to say God is in control, but harder to fully rely on Him. Anxiety is actually a sin, because the Bible commands us to not be worried about anything (Phil. 4:6). We need to have full faith in Him, and be at peace, knowing He is in total control. As Spurgeon once said “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” We cannot make any difference with our worrying, and peace of mind is reached by letting God be in control! The peace spoken of in Galatians 5:22, according to William Barclay, in his The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians, “means that tranquil serenity of heart which comes of the all-pervading consciousness that our times are in the hands of God.” We do not need to worry; be at peace about the future.

By Elspeth McLachlan

1 comment:

  1. Rachel Driscoll19 June 2011 at 18:21

    Thankyou Elspeth! How challenging! "Let the peace of God rule in your hearts..." (Colossians 3:15). How easy it is to just worry! I know I can often be at fault there. It is so easy to worry about the smallest things. I often find when you take into perspective how small that one thing your worrying about is compared to the bigger things in life, and how small those are compared to the greatest thing that ever happened for us, (when Christ died for us at Calvary) that one bit of worry soon disappears - at least, I find it does for me! It is amazing to actually look at the perspective of things sometimes - it can really help to make things that seem important, appear less so.
    I hope what I've said makes sense. This is the first time I've been brave enough to comment on Walking Worthy! (In fact, I've been worrying about commenting!!!)


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