Fruit Of The Spirit: Peace

  • By peace it is only meant the peace that comes from God, that reconciles one with God. Righteousness. Sin and peace are opposites, just as sin and righteousness are opposites. Sin results in disharmony. The peace of righteousness results in harmony.
  • Peace that comes through the righteousness of God and living righteously. What happens when we live righteously?

    • We put a way the corrupting sins of the body and the mind.

      • Be not wise in your own eyes;
        fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
        It will be healing to your flesh
        and refreshment to your bones.
        (Proverbs 3:7-8 ESV)
      • A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,
        but envy makes the bones rot.
        (Proverbs 14:30 ESV)

    • We are confidently at peace with God, knowing that we stand before Him righteous in Christ, seeing the work and presence of the Spirit  in us.

      • Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9 ESV)

    • Our peace with God gives us a great calmness about our future and purpose.

      • You keep him in perfect peace
        whose mind is stayed on you,
        because he trusts in you.
        (Isaiah 26:3 ESV)

    • Our peace with God leads us to live peacefully with others. We seek peace with everyone. Avoid arguing, fighting. Seek harmony. Music.

      • Opposite is strife, rivalry, fits of anger, etc. (see earlier context of passage)

        • Their feet run to evil,
          and they are swift to shed innocent blood;
          their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
          desolation and destruction are in their highways.
          The way of peace they do not know,
          and there is no justice in their paths;
          they have made their roads crooked;
          no one who treads on them knows peace.
          (Isaiah 59:7-8 ESV)






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