Fruit of the Spirit – Peace


Worrying, feeling uneasy or troubled, seems to be the norm in our world today.  It’s human nature to be concerned about bad situations in the world and our lives.  Worrying is always there but it never gets you anywhere.  So why do we still worry about everything?  Why can we not feel the peace that God wants to give us?

Worry is the opposite of faith.  When we worry about things, we are telling God that we don’t trust Him in our lives.  It’s saying that we can do a better job of taking care of things, figuring everything out.  Worrying makes us less aware of God being with us, because we are casting Him aside.  We don’t feel God because we aren’t looking for Him, yet He is with us waiting.

So are you fed up with being miserable yet?

I was!  I was tired of trying to make everything work out on my own…as it fell apart around me showing me, no, I wasn’t doing a better job than God.  I was done… done with trying, done with failing and done trying to be my own boss.  I was my own worst enemy.

So what is peace?  Peace is: 1. freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility: 2. mental calm; serenity.  Who wouldn’t want that?  How can we have this peace?

Peter says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV

We must  ask Christ to cleanse us of all our sin and make us new creations in Him, we are asking for peace, for a harmonious relationship with God.  “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.  The Lord be with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 ESV

He tells us to tell God what we are worrying about, putting all your anxiety on Him because He loves you. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 ESV

We must take our focus off our problems, our troubles and put our focus on Jesus.  “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5 ESV

We must believe in God’s promises to us.  “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”  Isaiah 26:3 ESV

We must obey the Word as Jesus tells us “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

If you pray for peace, God will help you find it. It could be as simple as accepting your situation in life or knowing that “everything will be okay.”  God promises that it will be, maybe not today or tomorrow but you are not alone in life.

Peace means that you are able to cope with the life you have been given and be satisfied with it.

We can’t have peace without Jesus and the world will not know peace without God.