Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Peace is such an elusive thing in this world at every level. Nations war and conspire against one another, just like neighbors, coworkers, and even family instigate and incite. People shuffle through their lives nowadays, riddled with depression, anxiety, and a trail of issues that choke out the love and joy we’ve already looked at, as well those fruits still to come. That internal sense of well-being, the peace that is so vital to our enjoyment and satisfaction, is choked out by such things.
I’ve heard it said that true peace begins within, and Scripturally, I believe that holds true with this passage and many others. Jesus is the one who grants true peace, and His Holy Spirit resides within each believer, guaranteed. He is the Source of the fruit, and being that peace is one of them, only Jesus can grow true lasting peace. The whole world is seeking out peace in this world militarily, politically, and socially, but true peace doesn’t start from any of those sources, not could it have ever started from them. We came to God exclusively through His power and initial will to save us, and our only hope of true peace is found in Him.
Elsewhere in Scripture, we are told by Jesus that “Blessed are the peacemakers”. I understand that to clearly mean those who make peace with others, or share the Source of peace with others. Jesus is the Source and meaning behind peace. If we hope to share Him, we must first have Him within ourselves. He and His peace grows from the inside out.
We all desire that moment of calm in our day, and in the midst of turbulent times, we look eagerly towards respite. Whatever we get in and of this life is only momentary, but God offers peace that is pure and eternal. We all need and desire it, but will we take it?