Today’s featured fruit: PEACE.
Peace with God? Sin damages our relationship with God. So, first we need peace with God. That’s exactly why Jesus – the Prince of Peace – came. His sacrifice on the cross wiped out sin’s penalty and gives us access to peace with God by grace through faith (Romans 5:1).
What exactly is peace? God’s peace is more than just absence of conflict. The Old Testament word — shalom — actually means “completeness” or “wholeness.” The New Testament word — eirene — describes harmonious relationships.
Inner peace? The Bible tells us not to be anxious or fearful but instead to pray and let the Holy Spirit fill us with “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:6-7). Over and over, Jesus greeted his disciples with these simple words: “Peace be with you!” He wants the same for us.
Peace on earth? Peace isn’t something we should keep to ourselves. God wants it to overflow from our hearts into the world around us. “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14). We’re told to work with the Spirit to promote unity among believers and to “make every effort to live in peace with everyone” (Ephesians 4:3, Hebrews 12:14).
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
PEACE BE WITH YOU!
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