In our discussion of joy, we talked about the joy that is ours through Holy Spirit’s witness to the reality of our salvation. Peace is also a fruit of the Holy Spirit that involves this witness. That will be our focus today.
The world knows they have no peace. That is because man is born at odds with his Creator. Only Christ can bring peace to the human heart.
Let’s start with several passages of Scripture:
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
John 14:27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Man is born in sin. This fact is very clear in Scripture. The world rejects this teaching, but that does not make it less true.
One of the results of this sin nature is that mankind is constantly at odds with each other. The real problem, however, is that man is in rebellion against God, and that impacts all his other relationships.
Think of it like this. Often when you and I have a problem with someone, we take our anger and frustration out on those around us. Our problem is not of their making, but they are closest at hand, and so they feel the force of our frustration.
Often we lash out at the ones nearest to us, because we cannot get the one we are truly angry with. Have you ever done that?
Man is in rebellion against God. He cannot bridge the gap, and he cannot get rid of the feelings of enmity. So, in that state of mind he goes out into the world and take out his frustration and sin on the rest of the world.
All sin is an act of disobedience against God. However, most of our sins affect others as well. Greed is rebellion against the law of God, but it hurts others around us. Hatred is rebellion against God, but it hurts other around us.
Sin, and the curse of sin, is the underlying problem with the world today. Everything else is a symptom. Isn’t it a curious that the actual problem is the one thing the world refuses to discuss?
God knew of this problem, and he had a plan. Romans 5 tells us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Why did he do that? He did it to open the way of peace and reconciliation to God. This was the message of Christmas. God was declaring the way of peace. A way back to God through His Son.
The Resurrection proved that Christ was the Saviour who could reconcile us to God and give us peace.
The Holy Spirit, dwelling in the believer, produces this fruit of peace that we may enjoy. A knowledge of the truth that we are at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Now, we are free from sin, and Christ in us can help us to live in obedience to God. This internal peace, then, can effect every relationship around us. Men at peace with God, will be at peace with one another. This will never be complete until Heaven, but we can have a foretaste of it now, in our own lives.
Do you have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you? Are you enjoying the fruit of peace? Peace with God? Is that peace effecting your relationships?
Heavenly Father, I thank you that when I didn’t even know I needed you, You had a plan. Thank you for sending your Son to die for me, and open the way of peace with You. Thank you that you were in Christ, reconciling the world unto yourself. I pray that every day, I may enjoy the fruit of peace from the Holy Spirit, who dwells in me. Let that peace, which is with You, overflow and impact every relationship I have. In Jesus name, amen.