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Fruits of the Spirit: Peace

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Gal. 5:22-23)

The first three fruits of the Spirit—love, joy and peace—are very beautiful, and very much loved. How many times have you seen these three words on plaques in homes, or on coffee mugs, or embroidered on shirts?

Love, as the first on the list, is essential to the rest. We need great love for God and all the people around us. Joy is a feeling that everyone feels at times, but Christian joy does not leave us even in the middle of dark seasons of life. Peace, like joy, is a comfort to us at all times because of the relationship we have with our Shepherd.

Peace is unique because we understand it best as the absence of something else?the absence of conflict, the absence of anxiety, the absence of fear. Peace gives us the opportunity to build unity with other people.

Spiritually, there are three fronts in which we can have peace: peace with God, peace within ourselves, and peace with others.

Peace with God — Romans 5:1-11 (this peace is ours even in stressful times!):

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us...

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Chad Prince
(Oxford, AL)



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