“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
This week we are going to talk about the third “fruit of the spirit” – peace. Remember that the fruits of the spirit are character traits that help us to become more like Jesus. Peace is a feeling of being calm and quiet and confident. When Jesus was on the earth, He was full of the peace of God, and He promises us this same peace as a gift. Peace helps us not to worry or be afraid. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you, Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
In Israel (the modern country of the Bible stories), people say hello and goodbye to each other with the word, “Shalom”. Shalom is a word that means many things; peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility. Whenever you say Shalom, you are blessing someone with peace.
Peace is a gentle feeling of not being worried or afraid of how things might work out. Jesus replaces our worries and fears with His gift of peace. When we believe and trust that He will be with us to handle our troubles, worries and fears; we can feel at peace. We all want to have the peace that Jesus has. And He gladly offers it to us.
Having the Peace of Jesus
Place God and Jesus first in your heart and in your day.
Examine God’s promises to care for you; continue to pray.
Always trust that God will walk with you along a troubled way.
Claim your gift of Jesus’ peace and keep worry and fear away.
Encourage others as you share your peace. “Shalom”, you say.
For me the most peaceful time of day is the sunrise. A new day is born, and I can feel God near. What do you think of when you imagine peace? Do you have a special place that feels peaceful? Or is it a certain time of day? Or are you doing a particular activity?
This week draw a picture of your peaceful place, time or activity. Share it with your parents and tell them why it is peaceful to you. Ask them to share their peaceful place, time, or activity. Share in the peace of Jesus together.
Shalom! Blessings of peace!