But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…. (Gal. 5:22 KJV)
Paul’s message to the Galatians tells us that the third listed fruit of the Spirit is peace. The word “fruit” is a metaphor used to help us understand abstract concepts of good character(1). By using your natural knowledge of fruit, you can better understand the concept of godly characteristics when God refers to virtues, such as peace, as fruit.
Think for a moment about a vine that bears grapes. For that fruit to appear, a seed was planted in the ground, grew into a vine, which then matured to produce fruit. The seed is the Spirit and the ground is your heart. The vine is your life and the fruit is what we read above, including peace. That means the Holy Spirit, given to every believer at conversion, is the seed that produces all of the fruit.
You are probably aware that peace is a precious, yet hard to find, commodity in the world today. Everyone is looking for peace, any place they can. Even those who seem to have it all together on the outside, are craving for peace in the inside. As a believer, you do not need to look for peace. The Seed is inside you. Just allow that Seed to grow as you allow your life to be led of the Spirit. Peace will so overwhelm your heart, that you won’t know what to do with it!
Where does your peace come from? ( Jn. 14:27). Declare that “the Seed of peace is inside of me and I am bearing its fruit everyday in my life”.
APPLY THE WORD
Do you EXPERIENCE peace as a Christian? If not, the Seed is inside you, but you are probably not allowing your life to be led by that Seed. Yield to the Spirit today and allow His Word to rule your life.
Thank the Father for the gift of peace. Pray that your life will abound with peace day in and day out.
(1)(n.d.). The Lexham Figurative Language of the New Testament Dataset.
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