December 5, 2017
The Spirit of Freedom- VI – The Fruit of the Spirit is Peace
Galatians 5:22 (KJV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
There is the fruit of peace (Eirene).
It means to bind together, to join, to weave together. It means that a person is bound, woven together with himself and with God and others.
The Hebrew word is Shalom.
It means freedom from trouble and much more.
It means experiencing the Highest good, enjoying the very best possible.
It means possessing the most inner good possible.
It means wholeness and soundness.
It means prosperity in the widest sense, especially prosperity in a spiritual sense of having a soul that blossoms and flourishes.
There is a peace in the world.
This peace is escapism, of avoiding trouble, of refusing to face things, of unreality. It is a peace that is sought through pleasure, satisfaction, and contentment, the absence of trouble, positive thinking, or denial of problems.
Romans 14:17 (KJV) 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Romans 8:6 explains exactly where peace comes from: 6 “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
1: There is a peace of Christ and of God:
• It is a bosom peace, a peace deep within.
• It is a tranquility of mind & composure.
• A restfulness that is undisturbed by circumstances or situations.
• It is more than feelings, it is more than an attitude or thought.
2: It’s “perfect peace,” according to Isaiah 26:3. (KJV)
• 3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
• Whose mind is stayed on thee:
• Because he trusteth in thee.
a. As we allow the Spirit to develop this fruit in us, we will have real peace with God and with each other.
Q: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink: (Tangible … Indifferent things)
So what is the Kingdom of God and the fruit of the association in that Kingdom?
A: righteousness, and peace, and joy …in the Holy Ghost.