MONDAY, JUNE 15
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: PEACE
A young man was sitting at a stop light in downtown New Orleans one evening, when the lady in front of him was distracted. The red light changed to green and the young woman did not move. The young man gently bumped his horn to remind her that she was driving and not at the library or at her office. But even with his gentle reminder, she did not move, and before he knew it the light turned yellow and then red again!
When the light turned red, and the young lady had still not moved, this young man began (with his windows up) cussing at the top of his lungs and beating his fists on his steering wheel. He was shocked when he heard a knock on his window. It was a police officer who arrested him and took him to jail. At the police station, the man told the officer, “I know that I cannot be arrested for screaming and throwing a fit in MY OWN car… You haven’t heard the last of this.” The police officer calmly responded to him by saying, “Sir, you were not arrested for shouting or throwing a fit in your car! You see, I was sitting directly behind you at that light. I saw you screaming and beating your steering wheel, and I noticed the Cross hanging from your rear view mirror, the Know Jesus Know Peace bumper sticker, and the Fish symbol on the back of your car, and I thought… this is not his car, it must be stolen, and that is why you were arrested.” (Bobby Stults). While just a fictitious story, it illustrates the point that believers, of all people, should display the fruit of peace in stressful times.
The word “peace” used in Galatians 5:22 has a meaning conveyed by the common expression of one “having it all together.” It comes from a word that literally means “to hold together.” It is the peace of God in our heart as we walk in the Spirit and as Wuest says is a “tranquility of mind based on the consciousness of a right relation to God.”
One of the evidences that we have a relationship with Jesus is that we exhibit His peace in our life. And in a world filled with challenges and challenging people we need God’s peace. Can you think of a time recently when you demonstrated God’s peace in a tough situation? Can you think of a situation when you needed to demonstrate God’s peace but didn’t? Ask God to grow this fruit in specific areas of need in your life.