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Peace
Peace

By Laura McDonald


Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” What is peace? The Greek word for peace is (I-ray’-nay) it means – one, peace, quietness, rest and set as one again. It comes from the Greek word ir-ro - which means to join.

I found it interesting that peace is defined here as one. Set as one again. Think about it when we are not at peace it is because something is “out of sync”. Our spirit and soul may be at peace but if our body is in pain, at that moment our body is not in line with our spirit and soul.

They are not functioning as one. Our spirit and body might be at peace but if we are worried about something and can’t get it out of our head, then our soul is not in line with our spirit and body. We are a spirit, we have a soul (which is our mind, will and emotions) and we live in a body.

We are three parts but that does not mean that our spirit is to do one thing, or soul another and our body whatever it wants. That is what God desires for us. He doesn’t want us to receive His word in our heart, but then live a life where we let worry rule our minds, or we put up with sickness and pain in our body.

He wants us to live in peace, quietness, rest, spirit, soul and body. Where do we get peace? It is a fruit of the Spirit. When we ask Jesus into our heart and are born again… the Holy Spirit deposits into our spirit each fruit listed in Galatians 5:22- love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

It is really unscriptural to pray for peace. We already have it; we just have to learn to develop it in our lives by spending time with our Heavenly Father and reading His Word.

Let the peace of God rule in your heart and life today!