Devotional: Fruit of the Spirit
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Galatians 5:22-23 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)
“22And the fruit of the Spirit is: Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law; and those who are Christ’s, the flesh did crucify with the affections, and the desires; 25 if we may live in the Spirit, in the Spirit also we may walk; 26 let us not become vain-glorious — one another provoking, one another envying!”
Today we are digging deeper into the gift of peace. When we think of peace, we may think of peace on earth, an end to wars, or even tranquil waters.
The Greek word for peace in this verse is eiréné, meaning quietness, rest, or peace of mind. Imagine complete harmony not just in your life, but in the whole world. Everything around you is in total tranquility. Considering all of the horrible things going on in the world today and the devastation people are facing all over the world, I think that a tranquil, peaceful world would be amazing for all. While we don’t have this at this moment, you can, however, have God’s peace in your life through the Holy Spirit.
When your life becomes chaotic and stressful no matter where you turn, there is one place you can go and find complete peace and rest. You find this only in the Lord. In this place you have nothing to fear or stress about because you know that it will all be taken care of the way it needs to be.
We can also receive peace in knowing that our salvation is secured and God is watching over us at all times. We have nothing to fear as long as we have God on our side. No matter what is going on in our lives or how it seems to us at the moment, we know that God has a plan and His perfect timing. So, we can rest in peace and be assured that we are in good hands.
Can you imagine waking up this morning to a world free from stress, anger, hate, war, death, and so on??? You’d get out of bed and feel nothing, but peace and rest. Some people can’t even imagine this. There are refugees of war who are amazed at the idea of not running from wars every day or living a life knowing that you will eat that night. While God doesn’t promise peace on earth in this day, He does promise His peace in our lives if we allow Him in.
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword… He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.”
Psalm 34:14King James Version (KJV)
“Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”
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