What is Peace?
When we think about peace most of us would probably gravitate towards the belief that peace is either the absence of conflict or a sense of calmness in our lives—which isn’t wrong. An individual walking in the Fruit of Peace would do their best to live at peace with others and seeks reconciliation with everyone ( Rom 12:18; Matt 5:23-24 ). If at all possible we should make it a priority to pursue peace with everyone. This includes God, our spouses, our friends, our families, our enemies, and even ourselves.
Another evident attribute of those walking in the fruit of peace is that they confidently enjoy the peace of God. We receive this peace when we trust and accept Christ as our Lord and Savior (Romans 5:1-2; 5:10). Dr. Charles Stanley explains more about this in a devotion on Christianity.com. I encourage you to read more about it here. It’s really good!
“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19 NIV
As we take a look at the fruit of peace over the next two weeks we’ll be focusing on pursuing peace with others.
Do you ever wonder if there’s a peaceful way to handle conflict? Next week guest blogger Kristine Brown encourages us to pursue unity with others and take the road that leads to peace.
I’m looking forward to learning more about the fruit of peace with you. Thank you for joining me today. ~Kelly
Is this your first time here? I invite you to join us as we dig in to learn more about the Fruits of the Spirit. This post is a part of my current series, Sweet Smelling Fruit—Cultivating a Heart that Lives by the Spirit. Currently, we are taking a look at the fruit of Peace. If you would like to read past articles from this series click here.
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