But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Peace
People who make for peace are people of peace. Learning to be a person of peace is a difficult challenge in a world filled with unrest. One of the characters that separate disciples of the Lord from the world is the spirit of peace manifested in their lives. Their words are measured, their reactions are cautious and their purpose is for a higher design than self-interest. Through the Holy Spirit, a Christian learns to live in harmony with themselves and others seeking the better good for the glory of God. The antithesis of peace is discord, hatred, war and disagreement. These are characters that should never define the spirit of God’s children.
Setting oneself apart from the world will come easier with a spirit of peace. Allowing the word of God to dwell in the heart, a child of God will learn greater patience seeking peace in all situations. Seeking peace will make a man a better husband and a woman a better wife. Parenting will be motivated by creating a home filled with friendship and love. The work place will be changed when the Christian plans his day guided by the Holy Spirit as one seeking unity in one accord. Peacemakers are those who are not seeking their own but how the Spirit of God moves their life to show glory to the Father. People of peace will not show road rage or fly off the handle in anger toward others. The fruit of the Spirit is peace and this peace is the engine that drives the mind of God’s child.
Learning to exercise peace is not an easy task. We blame our environment to allow us to be the person we have always been. “That is just the kind of person I am,” we declare. Some folks have a greater trial holding their peace than others. When Paul wrote the admonition to the churches of Galatia, he was not suggesting this applies only to those who have a natural affinity towards peace. Fruit is something that grows and the fruit of the Spirit in the life of a Christian is something that must be cultured and nourished through prayer and devotion to God’s word. Some will find it harder to be a person of peace but the fruit of the Spirit is not a suggestion – it is a command. Learning to exercise peace gives glory to God. A soft answer turns away wrath because the person has learned to hold his peace so that he may give peace.
A Christian is known for his holy conduct. One of the most important parts of the life of a disciple of the Lord is to be known as a person of peace. We must make for peace in every circumstance. Controlling the emotions is a sign of seeking the blessing of the Holy Spirit to bear fruit in peace. Be watchful at the kind of language that defines us. Let our lives be an example of peace in our homes and workplace. Learning to have peace will bring peace and let us hold our peace because we are the light of God in a world of darkness. Against such there is no law.