Fruit of the Spirit - Peace 3/26/20

The third fruit of the Spirit listed In Galatians 5:22-23 is peace. In a previous devotion, I talked about the perfect peace that comes to those whose mind is fixed on the Lord (Isaiah 26:3). Today we see that peace is also a spiritual quality which is developed in the believer by the Holy Spirit.

Something closely associated with peace is rest. When we are at peace, we can rest peacefully. My favorite quote from St. Augustine’s book “Confessions” is found at the very beginning of the book. Speaking to God, Augustine says, “You move us to delight in praising you, for you have formed us for yourself; and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.” God has formed us for Himself. That is why nothing else in this world can really satisfy us, fulfill us, or give us rest and peace.

Some of you may remember that old country-western song “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.” We spend our lives searching for meaning, for peace, for rest in all the wrong places. Wealth, beauty, fame, power, and all of the other things of the world can only provide, at best, a temporary satisfaction. But they will not give us peace, not lasting peace, and certainly not eternal peace.

The peace that God gives is not some sort of stoic philosophy that resigns itself to “whatever will be, will be.” It is a recognition that, in spite of circumstances, we belong to God, and no one can remove us from His hand. Jesus said that we have peace in Him. Next, He said, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Our peace is in the One who both created and overcame the world.

“The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) Amen.

Pastor Mike.

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