Sunday, January 26, 2014

MAKING PEACE-FRUIT PERSERVES

THE NEXT FRUIT TO BE PLUCKED FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT’S VINE is that of Peace. It doesn’t take a very long look to see that peace seems to be in very short supply in our world. Whether it’s personal inner peace or peace between warring nations, we are in desperate need of it.

The peace-fruit has some interesting aspects to it.  Jesus said that He desires to give us His peace, a peace unlike the world gives. (John 14:27)  The world’s peace is situational and transitory, whereas the peace that Jesus offers is a deep, abiding understanding that though the mountains crumble into the sea, yet still God is with us. (Psalm 46:2)

The peace-fruit has another interesting aspect to it in that we are called to be producers of the fruit.  Yes, it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s presence and work in us, but there is also a vitally important part of which we are to partake and that is we are called to be peacemakers. (Matthew 5:9)  We are told that we shall be blessed to be called the children of God when we pursue making peace in our world.

Jesus came as the ultimate peacemaker.  He came to make peace possible between God and us, and through that process also promised to make His peace abide in us.  Therefore, when we work to promote peace in our world, be it within our homes, between neighbors or even across national borders, we are doing the very work of our Lord. As peacemakers we follow the example of God’s Son and thus we show forth His life in and through us.

Peacemaking, though often difficult work, helps to preserve life. It helps to promote the work of the Kingdom of God. It is the very thing that a child of the Most High God does to honor His Father in heaven.


Let us remember that we are not only called to have peace and to live at peace, but we are called to preserve peace as well, and so be called the children of God.
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