Peace is a fruit of the spirit. What does this mean? It means peace is a result of being in the Spirit. Let’s talk about what it means to live in the Spirit.
The Source of Peace
The world claims to hold the answers to attaining peace: secular meditation, knowing “your truth,” self-care and many other pursuits. But the truth is that all of these efforts fall short; none of them provide true, life-giving peace.
To find real peace in your life means you need to know who the source of real peace is: Jesus Christ. Paul clearly identifies Jesus as our peace in Ephesians 2:14, “For He [Jesus] himself is our peace…”
Jesus also says that He is the giver of peace in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.”
The first step toward a life of peace is acknowledging where our peace comes from, abandoning all other pursuits of peace that fall short and seek peace through Jesus Christ alone.
So, how do you acquire peace in your life? Again, we need to turn to Scripture for our answer. Let’s look at Psalm 119:165.
Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”
This Scripture states that peace belongs to those who love God’s Word. Loving God’s Word means that it’s your treasure; you value it and cherish it above all else. It’s your lifeblood, your source of power and place of sustainment.
Can you say this about your relationship with Scripture, friend? Do you treasure Scripture? Is it your priority to read it, study it and meditate on it? If not, first pray about it. Ask the Holy Spirit to begin birthing in your heart a love for God’s Word. Then, get to work. Study it, read it, memorize it and talk about it. As you cultivate your understanding of it, the Holy Spirit will grow your affection for God’s Word.
When your affinity for God’s Word grows, you will be compelled to follow it.
Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” Our obedience to God’s commands is a direct result of our love for him.
When Philippians 4:6-7 tells us not to be anxious, but instead to pray, approach God with our requests and be thankful, we do those things! And guess what? When you act on those things that God commands, peace comes! In fact, Philippians 4:7 says peace will guard our hearts and minds.
One of the main actions you can take to cultivate peace in your life is to act upon God’s commands. It will be hard to battle the impulses of our flesh in order to follow what God tells us to do, but the result is experiencing security, wholeness, and completeness. In short, peace.
Peace in this life is possible friend. God wants to be our source of peace and He is a promise keeper. When we align our life with the ways of Scripture, we will see the life-giving result of peace.