Fruit of the Spirit Study: Peace
Last month I spent time studying joy and made some incredible discoveries about the link between joy and grace. This month it’s time to dig into some peace!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 HCSB
Wouldn’t we all like a little more peace in our lives? But what does that really mean?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary would tell us it is:
- a state of tranquillity or quiet
- freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
- harmony in personal relations
While I believe some of this to be true of the life we are called to live, what I want to discover is:
How does God define peace?
Because I am pretty sure the life of a Christian is to be peace-filled — but unfortunately it is frequently far from tranquil, quiet, or harmonious! So is it possible to experience peace?
The Greek word the Lord inspired Paul to write in the list of the Fruit of the Spirit is written as “eiréné.” It is defined as “peace of mind.” It is from the Greek…
eirḗnē (from eirō, “to join, tie together into a whole“) – properly, wholeness, i.e. when all essential parts are joined together; peace (God’s gift of wholeness).
I believe the peace we are to grow is a quietness of our spirit, only achievable through being one with the Lord. As we grow closer to Him, abiding in His Word, peace washes over our hearts and minds allowing us to remain quiet in the midst of the unquiet of the world. God’s peace enables us to maintain a stillness in our responses when faced with oppression and persecution. His peace allows us to be the one to extend grace and love in times of confrontation.
Jesus told those He healed to “go in peace,” He leaves His peace with His disciples, Paul used the word peace in his letter openings and final blessings. God is known as the God of peace and very often we see peace combined with the word grace.
I am looking forward to looking into all of these occurrences in the New Testament and invite you to join me for the rest of April as I dig into some Scriptures containing the Greek word “eiréné” and gain a deeper understand of the peace we are to grow as a Fruit of the Spirit.