Jesus taught His disciples they could only be fruitful as a direct result of abiding in Him; a relationship that is carefully nurtured. Jesus explained how He would make it possible for His disciples to abide in Him and bear the same Fruit. First, He would send the Holy Spirit after His death (the mind and power of God) to abide in them and Second, to guide them (John 16:5-7; John 14:26). The Holy Spirit is the Christ-life within you that produces the Fruit of godly character in you.
What is this Fruit? Galatians 5:22–23 gives us the answer: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." The Fruit of the Spirit, then, is the true character of the Christian life that replaces the self-life, or old man, as the Scriptures label our sin nature (Ephesians 4:22-24). The result will be that you will fulfill the intended purpose of the Law – loving God and man (Galatians 5:23).
The first three of the Fruit – love, joy, and peace are primarily inner virtues. The next three virtues – longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness deal more with social situations; best expressed in our relations with others. The last three virtues – faith, meekness, and temperance are all linked to one’s personal discipline.
This month we will concentrate on: “But the fruit of the Spirit is PEACE – the peace of a harmonious relationship with God (Romans 5:1). The cost of this peace was Jesus’ life (Isaiah 53:5).
However, the fruit of the Spirit includes a peace that goes beyond that of salvation, it is a sense of calm assurance and sense of contentment at knowing that your life is in the hands of God and you have no need to fear the present or the future (Psalm 118:6; Romans 8:31).”
PEACE provides the inner peace of mind and contentment found by living God’s way of life — even in less-than-peaceful situations. PEACE is a calm contentment through being as close to God as possible, which shows evidence of other spiritual Fruit, including love, longsuffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), and goodness (generous).
PEACE demonstrates love, longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness that comes from being close to God. A great example is found in the story of Abram (whose name was later changed to Abraham) and his nephew Lot. The two were traveling together, but their possessions were too great and their herdsmen began bickering and fighting over grazing land.
Abram came to Lot and said: “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left” (Genesis 13:8-9).
Instead of letting anger build up and shouting accusations, Abram calmly assessed the situation and made a suggestion, giving Lot the preference. His example shows that making peace might involve sacrifice of comfort and preference. But God blessed the results of Abram’s efforts at peace and recorded it as an example for us.
Romans 12:18 says, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” How are you doing in growing in the Fruit of peace? When conflict comes, do you strive to make peace or add fuel to the fire? Considering specific interactions with others – does your email, phone call, text, Facebook post, conversation, or behavior promote peace or strife? Think about it!
The Spirit-filled Believer has a peace that is abundant, available in every situation, and unlike anything that the world has to offer (John 14:27). So, let the Spirit have control and perform His work of growing Fruit to the glory of God!
In order to bear good Fruit, you must first join your life to Jesus Christ (John 14:6). In order to join your life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you must believe in Him and receive His offer of forgiveness (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 10:9-10).
You can use the following prayer or your own words: Lord Jesus, I believe You are truly the Son of God, who came in the flesh. I believe You died for me and that Your blood pays for my sins and your resurrection provides me with the gift of eternal life. I receive You as my personal Savior and Lord. Thank You for saving me. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to You. Amen.
The tendency to sin remains part of the human experience, but as a Believer, you have been set free from sin’s power over you and no longer have to give into it (Romans 6). Willingly turn from your sins and nail your natural evil desires to the cross, how, by daily confessing your sins (1 John 1:9), committing your sinful tendencies to God’s control (Philippians 2:13), crucifying them, and moment by moment drawing on the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome them (Galatians 2:20; 5:24; 6:14).
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