Welcome to Day 6 of our 3M Fast. Today, our Devotional will focus on the Fruit of “Peace” as recorded in Galatians 5:22-23.
“But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
People all over the world search for peace. Songs have been sung about peace. Poetry has been spoken about peace. Persons have embarked upon voyages to find peace. Wars have been waged to protect peace. Wealthy, famous, and powerful people have tried to purchase peace. To their disappointment, however, what they have often found is the world’s false peace, which is different from the peace offered by God through His son Jesus the Christ. Jesus tells us in John chapter 14 verse 27,
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
The peace offered by the world is an empty promise and can only bring temporary comfort. God’s peace is a permanent peace offered by the only one who can be trusted to keep His word and heal our sin. As a mater of fact, one of God’s names is “Jehovah Shalom” which means, “I am the God of Peace.” The Greek word for “Peace” is “Eirene” and characterizes peaceful conduct toward others. It is the opposite of disorder and can prevail internally regardless of external circumstances. But the opposite if also true. “Eirene” can prevail externally while inner spiritual turmoil rages out of control.
Commentary writer William Mounce said that, “Peace is a state of being that lacks nothing and has no fear of being troubled in its tranquility; it is euphoria coupled with security. That word, “Peace” seems almost foreign amidst the chaos of our world. The truth is, we are often most deeply marked by the times of turmoil rather than the times of peace. We remember when a parent, child, sibling, or spouse passed away. We remember when a marriage ended in divorce or when our world was turned upside down by a doctor’s report. Not only do we remember when, we also remember where. Many of us can remember what we were doing and where we were when we heard the news of: the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr on April 4, 1968; the Release of Nelson Mandela on February 11, 1990 to end South Africa’s brutal apartheid system of racial oppression; the Terrorist attacks of 911 in 2001; or the killing of George Floyd in broad daylight after being handcuffed and subdued on the ground. What we remember most are the feelings, emotions, and pain etched in our hearts by these unfathomable events. Our security was violated. Our sense of peace was tainted. Fear became a looming emotion and sadness filled our hearts. This fruit of peace is peace with God. It is peace under any circumstances. It is peace that your life is blessed. This peace does not have anything to do with the absence or presence of difficulty. It’s more than just a mindset when everything is calm and peaceful. But it is the peace of God that passes all understanding.
What events or circumstances in your personal life (recently or in your past) have robbed your peace? How does God use problems to draw us closer to Him and help us grow spiritually? Focus on His goodness and His peace that passes understanding that will fill your heart and mind.