Peace is a state of contentment reached through the power of the Holy Spirit. “For God’s Kingdom is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17, 19 WEB)
God desires us to “live and move and have our being” in Him. “For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.” (Acts 17:28; 1 Corinthians 14:33 WEB)
Peace is freedom from agitation or disturbance by the passions, as from fear, terror, anger, anxiety or the like; quietness of mind; tranquility; calmness; quiet of conscience. In a general sense, a state of quiet or tranquility; freedom from disturbance or agitation; applicable to society, to individuals, or to the mind. To be at peace to be reconciled; to live in harmony. [Webster’s]
Foundational Thoughts on Peace
Paul lays a foundation with the Galatians, “In giving the Galatians a character portrait of the godly life, the apostle Paul was also giving the Galatians a portrait of the Holy Spirit! The character traits produced in the Christian are the traits of the Spirit. These are the same character traits of Christ Jesus, and of God the Father.”
“God’s nature is what is being replicated in the person who believes in Jesus and seeks to be led by the Spirit. The fruit that is born in the believer’s life is fruit that the Spirit produces. It is not fruit that can be manufactured by the believer’s will, intellect, desire, or effort. It is fruit that is produced as a person ‘walks in the Spirit’ and seeks to be led by the Spirit.” [Blackaby 58]
“The spirit produces fruit which consists of nine characteristics or attitudes that are inextricably linked with each other and are commanded of believers throughout the New Testament. The inner calm that results from confidence in one’s saving relationship with Christ; peace is not related to one’s circumstances.” [MacArthur 1676]
MacDonald illustrates the difference between the human flesh producing works versus Holy Spirit born fruit from abiding in God, “It is significant that the apostle distinguishes between the works of the flesh, and the fruit of the Spirit. Works are produced by human energy. Fruit it grown as a branch abides in the vine (John 15:5). They differ as a factory and a garden differ. The Holy Spirit produces one kind of fruit, that is, Christlikeness. Peace could include the peace of God as well as harmonious relations among Christians.” [MacDonald 1924]
Luther entreats us to have “Peace towards God and men. Christians are to be peaceful and quiet. Not argumentative, not hateful, but thoughtful and patient.” [Luther 166]
“Paul exhorts us to not use our liberty as an occasion to the flesh, but by love to serve one another. Peace, with God and conscience, or a peacefulness of temper and behavior towards others.” [Henry]
Peace “is spiritual in nature. It truly is fruit of the Spirit. In other words, circumstances do not affect the heart that is controlled by the Spirit. As an example, peace, serenity based upon belief that God is in control of all things at all times.” [Blackaby 58]
“The Spirit creates ‘peace’ in the life of a Spirit-led believer. Believers have the peace of God made possible through the cross work of Jesus (Ephesians 2:14-15, 17). Peace rules the hearts of those who walk by the Spirit (Colossians 3:15). Spirit-led Christians will also take on the role of peacemakers by the Spirit’s power (Ephesians 4:1-6).” [Platt 2255]
Peace through Jesus
“For He Himself is our peace…and He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.” Ephesians 2:14a, 17-18 NASB)
“For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him [Jesus], and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:19-20 NASB)
“Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1 WEB)
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7 NASB)
After Jesus rose from the grave, He appeared to His disciples, and “Jesus therefore said to them again, ‘Peace be to you. As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you.’” (John 20:21 WEB)
Jesus said, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My [Jesus] name, He [Holy Spirit] will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I [Jesus] said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John 14:26-27 NASB)
Holy Spirit Powered Peace
“For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6 WEB)
“Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22 NASB)
“Finally, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11 NASB)
“According to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.” 2 Peter 3:13-15a NASB)
“If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men.” (Romans 12:18 WEB
The foundation of the Christian’s peace is everlasting; it is what no time, no change can destroy. ~Jonathan Edwards
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself. ~C.S. Lewis
Christ died He left a will in which He gave His soul to His Father, His boy to Joseph of Arimathea, His clothes to the soldiers, and His mother to John. But to His disciples, who had left all to follow Him, He left no silver or gold, but something far better – His PEACE! ~Matthew Henry
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. ~George Washington
Man is not at peace with his fellow man because he is not at peace with himself; he is not at peace with himself, because he is not at peace with God. ~Thomas Merton
Blessings of Peace
It is my desire that “The God of hope [will] fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 WEB)
I pray, “The Lord of peace Himself [will] continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!” (2 Thessalonians 3:16 NASB)
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