Day 4

Peace

from the The Fruit of the Spirit reading plan


Isaiah 9:6-7, Isaiah 32:17-18, John 14:18-27, Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:11-22, Philippians 4:6-7

BY Claire Gibson

When I think about peace, I imagine three different things. First, I think of the wrap-around porch at my favorite bed and breakfast on Pawleys Island, South Carolina, where we like to vacation in the summer. It looks out over a marsh, where pelicans dive for fish and the sun paints the grasses yellow and then green. Second, I think of my friend Andi, a woman who imparts wisdom with every word she speaks, whose calm tone pervades every syllable. And finally, I think of the moment when my body sinks into a hot bath. The knowledge that I can sit undisturbed for 20 or 30 minutes is as soothing as the steam.

But our good God tells us that peace is not about a vacation. It’s not about trying to imitate a soft tone of voice, which while authentic to my friend Andi, would be disingenuous if I put it on for size. And it is not about finding more time for self-care, which brings only temporary relief. He knows that the world outside—and the world inside my own mind—is full of strife. But when Christ came, He promised to give His disciples PEACE, not as a means of escape, but as a means to exist and thrive without fear in the midst of the chaos of our world.

According to the scriptures, peace is one aspect of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, something that God the Great Gardener will grow in our hearts and lives if we entrust ourselves to His care, no matter our circumstances. Peace will look different in different people’s lives. In the same way that hydrangeas bloom in different colors in different places, depending on the pH of the soil, peace will arrive in our hearts, blooming in its own way, in its own time. One thing is certain: if God promises to give it, then we will certainly receive it. 

In John 14, Jesus says that peace is something He gives away, freely and without cost—not as the world might try to offer it (John 14:27). In Romans, the apostle Paul encourages believers to remember that “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). And in his letter to the Philippians, he says “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” is able to guard our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:6–7). 

In the end, our confidence comes not in our own ability to create peace, but in our relationship with the God of the universe who loves us and provides peace in abundance, simply as an act of His great love. Christ is a means of reconciling all people together in unity, no matter the earthly divisions that try to breed hostility between us (Ephesians 2:11–22). God’s peace is not theoretical. It is real. My circumstances might be in total disarray. Vacations and plans might be canceled. Factions might rise up against each other with weapons or words. In the midst of it all, our eternity is settled, our hearts can rest at ease, knowing that God is our peace.

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  1. Anastasia McLeod says:

    “But when Christ came, He promised to give his disciples PEACE, not as a means of escape, but as a means to exist and thrive without dear in the midst of the chaos in our world ”

    WOW just wow!

  2. Mary Ellen Brence says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Cassidy. Praying for the peace that surpasses all understanding over you right now.

  3. Jasmine R says:

    Loved this!!!

  4. Christina Leal says:

    During today’s reading I wondered how those without Jesus could have Peace. How could their lack of Gods Peace in this crazy world not lead them to run to Him, seek Him and find Him. Not all unbelievers are without peace. They have the worlds peace..a false, temporary peace given by temporary circumstances. This peace distracts them from seeking God as it temporarily fills the void for true, lasting peace. I pray for my family members and friends who are living apart from God, that their temporary sense of peace in this world would run out and it would cause them to run to the Father for the true and lasting peace that only He supplies.

  5. Sierra Arens says:

    Peace. So much easier said then done but something that always reels me in is my quiet time in the word and in prayer with God. I’m a nurse in an emergency room and let me tell you.. finding peace has been a struggle for quiet some time. This chapter hit home and I am so thankful for this community I stumbled upon. It is so uplifting reading y’all’s encouraging words. Prayers all around!!

  6. Michelle Royce says:

    Peace is living without fear. Jesus has our back.

  7. Ty’a Oliver says:

    It sounds simple but accepting God’s peace to just exist has never occurred to me. As a college aged person I feel pressure to accept the world’s peace (validation) and sometimes fight God which leads to unnecessary stress. This was a good word!

  8. Emily Dickerson says:

    Amen! I agree! I am the one causing myself more stress than needed. My mind isn’t resting on the giver of peace.

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