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A Powerful Look At The Fruit Of The Spirit: Peace

In this article, we will continue our study and look at the fruit of the Spirit: peace. We will explore this attribute and see how it applies to our walk with God. So, grab your Bible, and let’s jump in…

In Galatians 5:22-23 we see the wonderful fruit of the Holy Spirit and all it’s characteristics. ANd one of them is peace. Peace is one of the vital things we need in our lives.

Everyday life seems geared to leave us stressed, concerned, and even fearful. What happens if you miss a deadline or promotion or lose your job? Who will care for your loved ones if your health fails? All these everyday situations can rob you of your peace.

You may find a relaxing bath or a massage may help. Some may go for a run or a walk to help restore the calm in their life a little. While these things may help on a certain level, they are very fleeting and don’t solve what is going on internally.

Stress and anxiety seem to be more constant in life than peace. This may be true if you do not know how to obtain true peace from God.

Our human interventions and attempts at peace cannot compare to the peace that God provides. What does God’s peace look like by comparison? Well, let’s learn about this characteristic of the fruit of the Spirit.

The Fruit Of The Spirit: Peace

The Meaning Of Peace: An Attribute Of The Fruit Of The Spirit

In Hebrew, the word for peace is shalom, and in Greek, eirēnē is the word used most often. If you are curious to learn more about shalom then check out: Jehovah Shalom: The Lord Is My Peace {Meaning and Lessons}


שָׁלוֹם shâlôwm, shaw-lome’; or שָׁלֹם shâlôm; from H7999; safe, i.e. (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, i.e. health, prosperity, peace:—× do, familiar, fare, favour, friend, great, (good) health, (perfect, such as be at) peace(-able, -ably), prosper(-ity, -ous), rest, safe(-ty), salute, welfare, ( all is, be) well, wholly.


εἰρήνη eirḗnē, i-ray’-nay; probably from a primary verb εἴρω eírō (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication, prosperity:—one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again.

These words are found in the Bible more than four hundred times. This tells me that God values peace and wants us to know His lasting and enduring peace.

But its Godly peace is not just the absence of things causing fear, worry, or pain. It’s the kind of peace that is deep within your soul and spirit that no matter what is happening outwardly, you are at peace.

A prime example is Jesus sleeping in the boat while there is a storm. Now, that is peace!

God’s Presence Provides Peace

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace 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. -John 14:26-27

In John 14:26-27, Jesus is preparing His disciples for what will come next when Jesus is to be taken captive and crucified. Jesus tells them His Father will send His Holy Spirit to teach them. Jesus also tells them that He gives them His peace, unlike quick-fix earthly peace. What a huge promise, and it still applies to us today.

You see, the Holy Spirit can help us with everything that makes us lose our peace today. This is why it’s a characteristic of His fruit in our lives.

In the Old Testament, the priest regularly spoke the Aaronic blessing over the people. The priests were anointed with the Holy Spirit, and through the priests, God blessed His people. Numbers 6:26 mentions God’s countenance that would rest on the people and give them peace.  

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’ – Numbers 6:24-26

Countenance in this verse means God’s presence, which gives His people peace. God’s kind of peace means that nothing is missing. There is complete safety, welfare, health, and prosperity.

The peace here means complete tranquility, contentment, and right standing with all men and God. Wow, that sounds like the peace we need in our lives!

Through the complete victory of Jesus on the cross, we are able to receive the Holy Spirit as a gift. We do not need a priest to speak a blessing over us to remind us of God’s peace. We are now the temple of the Holy Spirit. We have access to God’s presence and peace inside of us every moment of the day.

Peace the fruit of the Spirit

God’s Spirit In Action In Our Lives

In Isaiah 11:2, we read about the many aspects of God’s Spirit that were to be manifest in Jesus. We never read about Jesus being stressed or confused about anything.

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. – Isaiah 11:2

The peace we saw manifest in Jesus’ life on earth is because God’s Spirit was inside Him. God’s Spirit provides wisdom, understanding, knowledge, might, and counsel in the fear of the LORD.

We have access to all these attributes through the Holy Spirit as well. We would have more peace in our lives if we understood circumstances better or had more wisdom to help us through every situation.

Well, we can have that sort of peace in our lives. The Holy Spirit is a gift that we may have access to. All we need to do is ask.

The peace of the Holy Spirit

Paul tells us that our human nature (Galatians 5) constantly opposes God’s Spirit and His ways. We want to do what is right in God’s sight but often fall short.

Others can see the Holy Spirit is at work within us when we crucify our flesh, lean in to abide in Christ, and bear God’s fruit.

In Gal 5:22-24, Paul describes the outward expression of the Holy Spirit as the fruit of the Spirit.

 As Christians, we need to act differently from the world. We need to allow God’s nature to shine through us. These are the fruit that we should show the world. Love for others rather than anger and hurtful words. Patience with those who do not understand us, joy despite adverse circumstances, and peace regardless of the uncertainties of life.

Producing His good fruit in our lives is no easy task, but we do not need to do it alone. In fact, we can only do it by having a close relationshi Look Like?

Peace as a result of God in your life does not mean that everything that causes turmoil is removed. On the contrary, we can expect to always have adversity in our lives. God’s peace is beautifully evident in Jesus’ life, where He sleeps peacefully in the boat in the middle of the storm. His disciples feared for their lives, yet Jesus was soundly asleep.

In a letter to the Philippians, we are told how to achieve this peace. We are told not to be concerned about anything but to ask God for what we need in prayer. We are also told to give thanks in this situation. In return, God would provide peace, even when it makes no sense to the world. Not only a head knowledge peace but peace in your heart and mind.

In times of worry and discord, we should reflect on what the Bible says about the situation rather than dwelling on the problem. Remember the times when God has seen you through tough situations in the past, then rest in the assurance that He can resolve the current issues well. Nothing has taken God by surprise. He is able and willing to help us if we just place our trust in Him.

Fruit Of Requires Time To Grow

Perhaps Paul refers to the evidence of God’s works in us as a fruit because these changes do not happen overnight. Fruit takes time to grow. You need to care for a fruit tree year-round tenderly.

Through daily time spent with God, our relationship with Him is strengthened. Look at this as a time in the garden where God, the Husbandman, tends the fruit in our lives. Jesus is the vine without whom we cannot bear good fruit. God’s Holy Spirit provides the knowledge and wisdom we need for every life situation. And so, through daily pruning, care, and trellising, we can produce fruit.

To receive all God’s blessings for us, we need to spend time with Him daily. Doing this lets us know our Heavenly Father and all the promises He has made us in His Word. The Bible speaks about peace so frequently that we can learn a new aspect of peace every day if we make the time.

God deems peace so important He instructed the priests to speak peace over His people as a blessing. God wants us to be in peace, His state of peace that transcends human understanding. The kind of peace that ensures that we are complete in every aspect of our life and have health, prosperity, and safety.

God does not expect us to attain peace on our own. He sent us the Holy Spirit as a helper to attain this peace. In a stressed-out world, God wants others to see the fruit of peace in our lives so that we may share His peace with those around us as a testimony of what God can do for them.

If you have enjoyed this study on The Fruit Of The Spirit: Peace, then please let me know down below in the comments! I would love to hear from you, and don’t forget to check out more on the fruit of the holy spirit in these other articles.

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