Got Fruit: Peace

summer series got fruitIsaiah 26:2-4
Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith. You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

As we continue in our summer series, today we will focus on the characteristic of love known as peace…

Peace is an unseen force that can affect our seen world. Have you ever witnessed a scene where the environment was noisy, disruptive or perhaps even chaotic.  You were agitated or disturbed by the scene, however you noticed a person that did not seem to be affected at all.  You may have wondered does she have a clue or can’t she see what’s going on around her. After a few moments you noticed that the room began to quiet down.  The seemingly disruptive high energy began to subside and what once looked chaotic now seemed to have some semblance of order. That my friend is peace…

I knew a Children’s Pastor who walked in such peace that when she entered a room full of high energy, screaming children the atmosphere would begin to change. She did not have to yell or raise her voice. She would just stand at the front of the room with a smile on her face and everyone in the room would begin to be affected by that peace. The children would lower their voices and move to their seats. The other adults would take their places. Peace is an unseen force that can affect your environment.

So how does one tap into this peace?  First of all, we have to know from where it comes. The source of peace is God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  We have access to spiritual peace when we are reconciled to God and nothing is blocking our relationship with Him. Secondly, we must yield to the peace of God on the inside of us. When we trust and believe in God and His ability to move on our behalf, then we can experience the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension.

Isaiah 26:3 in the Amplified Bible says, “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” I can think of a couple of ways in which you can practically apply this verse to your life: 1) take everything to God in prayer with thanksgiving and 2) love the Word of God by making it a priority and the final authority in your life. These actions will help you to keep your mind stayed on or yielded to the Spirit of God within.

In his book The Fruit of the Spirit, Donald Gee says, “If we want peace we must have our own interests in the things of the Spirit.  We can deliberately choose to fill or minds with these things – by company, by habits, by books, by meetings, by meditation and by works for Christ.” Peace is an important part of life.  The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:11 that we are to live in peace.  In several other verses we are instructed to pursue peace; follow after it. I believe peace will help a person live sane in a seemingly insane world.

Could you use more peace in your life? What situation or person will you seek to pursue peace with over this next week?  Write it down and make a commitment to God in prayer about your part.

Remember to be REAL…