There has scarcely been a moment in history when peace was not in demand. In my 40 years of life, it seems there has always been a military conflict going on somewhere in the world. One of the strongest themes in the New Testament is peace. It is probably second only to love in terms of frequency. The New Testament speaks of peace with God, peace with each other, and peace within ourselves. We can define it as the absence of conflict and tension within these relationships. I think that this fruit of the Spirit addresses all three of these relationships.
First, Jesus has given us peace with God by reconnecting us through His death and resurrection. Second, where there is love, patience, and kindness by the Spirit, there will also be peace in our human relationships. But there is also an inner peace that we can possess. A sense of calm and ease in the face of struggle and difficulty. Here’s how I would challenge you to express this fruit of the Spirit this week: Consider one area of life where you are anxious. Is there something happening in your life right now that is difficult or worrisome? Take this area to God and give it to Him in prayer. The Bible promises us that the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your heart and mind (Philippians 4:7).