The Fruit of the Spirit
By Matt Ferreira
‘the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control’ (Galatians 5:22-23)
The Fruit of the Spirit is a biblical word that summarises the nine characteristics of a person who lives with the Holy Spirit. This week we are looking at peace, which relates to feelings of wholeness, calmness, contentedness, security and wellbeing. Christians can have an unwavering peace through God’s Holy Spirit, despite the circumstances they are going through. Even in these challenging days where there is so much uncertainty and hurt, we can hold on to the promises of the Bible and experience peace. For example, we read that God promises to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He cares for us (Matthew 6), and has a good plan for each one of us (Romans 8:28).
God does not want us to be afraid or to worry, but to rely on His promises and experience peace. As we grow in our relationship with Him, and reflect and rest in His presence, peace begins to grow and take root in our lives. This is an inward change, so no matter what is happened on the outside, we can know deep down that God is good and that He is for us (Romans 8:31).
God goes with us on our journey and His peace will guard our hearts and minds during times of trouble.
(Philippians 4:7). It is a peace unlike anything the world can give us, and it helps us when we are anxious or afraid. As we ask the Spirit to develop His fruit in us, we will have real peace.