Galatians 5:22-23 offers us a common sense approach to life as believers. The list of spiritual fruits helps us to identify who walks in the spirit and not in the flesh, and helps us to realize that there is no reason not to pursue the Holy Spirit, because there is no law anywhere that prohibits these things.
Have you struggled with having peaceful relationships with other believers?
This post is about peace. In previous posts, I talked about Love and joy, and why love is probably the most important of these fruits, and why joy is an evidence of the Holy Spirit that doesn’t go unnoticed. Peace is a means of exchange between believers that Christ points out when talking to His disciples before sending them out into the nations.
5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’ 6 If a [c]man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.
Do you feel like you can’t have peaceful relationships with other believers?
Here Jesus says to His disciples that when they go out into the world making disciples, that they may encounter other believers and may stay with them in order to carry out this work. “Shalom” is the first thing they were commanded to say. Why? Jesus goes on to tell them to “eat whatever is set before you”. And they were to stay in that house, rather than move from house to house. “Peace” is an indicator that that house is worthy of the healing and the fellowship that the disciples would bring with them. Paul lists peace as a fruit of the spirit as though only the Holy Spirit can empower the believer to possess this true peace, and there should only be peace among believers.
Have you struggled with having peaceful relationships with other believers? Do you feel like you can’t have peaceful relationships with other believers? There is no harm in exploring this issue. It is something that we need to address daily in our hearts. Through prayer and meditation on the scripture, the Holy Spirit can mold our hearts into a heart in which He dwells, and peace can once again take a front seat in our daily lives.
My prayer is that we can mend riffs between us and put the gospel of salvation ahead of our own selfish intentions. We will need no small measure of the Fruits of the Spirit in order to do this. Peace among the brethren and sisters of the church must make a better showing than the chips on our shoulders, the hurt feelings we harbor, or the anger that we cling to with tightly clinched fists aimed at heaven.