The Fruit Of Peace
The fruit of peace… But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace… Let’s pause for a moment and reflect on the fruit of peace.
Peace I leave with you… are a few words that the Lord Jesus spoke to his disciples.
These are words that we as Christians and Christ-Followers must take to our hearts and minds as well.
The Lord spoke these words during the discourse in the upper room before he was to be betrayed by Judas.
Come to think about it… That’s an amazing promise to give to us at a time that he knew he was about to face the worse trial of his earthly ministry.
Jesus taught his disciples and us, a lot of things the night of his betrayal and during the hours of the Passover.
Let me share a few examples of some of the things that he taught us.
1. He taught us about humility.
Yet he did not only talk about what true humility looks like… He demonstrated it by washing his disciple’s feet.
2. He showed us what it means to esteem others better than ourselves.
3. The Lord Jesus taught us what true leadership looks like and behaves.
4. Our Lord Jesus also taught us that with greatness comes great responsibility to those around us.
5. He taught us that if we desire to be leaders that we must first be willing to serve.
Beloved, there’s so much more through this discourse that the Lord Jesus taught us…
But let’s get back to focussing on peace for now though.
As we look further into John 14:27 we find a remarkable promise concerning peace.
Let’s read the verse together that we can be on the same page… no pun intended.
John 14:27 reads like this in the American King James Bible…
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
There are so many blessings and promises in this verse.
So, let me expound on some of them and maybe you can use some of these thoughts to meditate on during the day.
The first promise we find in the verse is the Lord telling us that he is leaving us peace.
This speaks strongly about the sacrifice that he was about to make for us.
So in a sense, Jesus was speaking prophetically… And I say that because the peace that he promised to leave us is the peace that we now have with God.
Throughout the New Testament, we see and we read time and time again about the peace that we have with God.
And the blessed peace that God is referring to is the peace that is only afforded to us through the finished work of Jesus Christ.
His death, his burial and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus secured the way for us to have a new and everlasting relationship with God.
In other words through the cross, Jesus bridged the gap as the mediator between God and mankind.
We Know Him As The Prince of Peace.
One of my favorite passages in the word of God is found in the book of Isaiah 9:6 where we find these amazing words.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
I could write for days and days just from that one passage of scripture if the Lord wills… But for now, we must stay focused on the peace that’s available to us through our Lord and Savior Jesus.
So, with that said let’s get back to John 14:27.
My Peace I Give To You.
We have briefly touched on the words and the promise that Jesus gave us when he said… Peace I leave with you.
Now I want us to look at another part of that promise. Or should I say… the promises that we find in that verse?
My peace I give to you… That’s a promise that only Jesus has the ability to fulfill.
There is no one that can give us peace but the Lord Jesus.
The bible tells us that Jesus is our peace.
We find that truth in Ephesians 2:14.
You see not only did Jesus provide for us peace with God, but he tore down the wall of partition between Jew and Gentile making us one people with God.
Therefore the Lord our God has commanded us to be at peace with all mankind. See Romans 12:18.
The Gift of Peace.
God began announcing this gift of peace early on in our bibles… even as early as the book of Genesis.
It is in Genesis 3:15 where we see the promise of peace when God declares to Eve that he will put enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.
God further promises that the seed of the woman will bruise the head of the serpent and the serpents head shall bruise his heel.
So how is this a promise of peace you ask?
Well, here is what that all means.
This means that Jesus crushed Satan under his feet when he went to the cross as the lamb of God without spot or blemish.
Though Jesus was tempted of Satan to go against the will of God… He did no sin.
Therefore making him the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world and thus making him the only way for us to receive the Salvation of God.
Jesus Christ died to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Jesus Christ literally took on the sin of the whole world… past, present, and future and nailed it to the cross of his death.
This act and this act alone gave the Lord Jesus power to destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.
More About The Gift.
There’s more about the gift of peace that I haven’t touched on… Like for instance.
Where do we get this gift?
Who is eligible for the gift?
How do we get the gift?
When do we get the gift?
Let’s start with the where.
The bible teaches us that… Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Peace is one of those perfect gifts that all of us desire… Well most of us anyway.
There’s always a few exceptions to everything.
So, who is eligible for this gift of peace?
John 3:16 states it this way…
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
This means that whosoever is eligible for the gift of peace. And in this promise comes the believer’s total salvation.
Peace comes with our salvation.
Now let’s see how we can get this gift.
I love this part.
We find in several places where the Lord Jesus teaches us about trusting God for our needs as well as the gift and promise of the Holy Spirit.
Here’s one of those times I particularly love.
We find it in the Gospel of Luke 11:13.
The Lord said…
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
So you see we get Peace when we are filled with the Holy Spirit.
We also recognize that this is also the answer to the question of…
When Do We Get The Gift of Peace?
Beloved it’s like this…
When we receive Jesus the Christ into our hearts as Lord and Savior of our lives we also receive the ultimate gift.
This gift my friend is none other than the Holy Spirit himself.
Yet as a new believer or being babes in Christ there are a lot of things that we are not knowledgeable of and don’t understand.
One such thing would be the gifts that we receive of God through the Spirit of Christ… And in particular the fruit of the spirit.
When we are saved we receive the gifts and attributes that we need to allow God to conform us into the image of Christ.
These would be the gifts of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness, gentleness, faith, meekness which is humility and temperance that is to say… self-control.
These are the character-building fruit that every believer receives as sons and daughters of God.
But here is what we must understand… and it is that just as a seed is planted into the ground we should view the fruit of the Spirit the same way.
Only we must view them as seeds planted into our hearts.
And just like the seed that is planted into the earth that needs to be watered and cared for… so does the seeds of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, etc have to be nourished and cared for.
Here is one more thing that every child of God must understand…
And it is that the seeds that are planted in our hearts by God the Holy Spirit can only be watered and get its nourishment from the things of God.
That my beloved friend would be with the water of the word of God. See Ephesians 5:26.
In Jude 1:20 we are also admonished to build ourselves up in our most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit.
Now before we move on… there’s one more verse that we need to follow through with to keep us nourished in the things of God.
We find it in Colossians 3:16 where the word of God instructs us to…
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
The Fruit Of Peace… Everyone Needs Peace.
As we delve further into John 14:27 let us recall the first part of the verse again, where the Lord tells us…
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I unto you.
The peace that the Lord Jesus has for us can not be matched, nor can anything that the world has to offer us compare to it or come anywhere close to it.
And yet the world offers its peace in many different ways.
But this is the one truth that I know about the peace that this world has to offer… And it’s that the peace of the world is always a temporary peace.
The peace that the world has to offer is always for sale.
The peace of this world is usually a give and take the kind of peace which tells us that if we can get this or if we can just have that… Everything will be alright.
It’s all vanity and lies beloved that ultimately leads to fear and troubled hearts.
We Need Peace… Not Anxiety.
At the end of John 14:27 Jesus tells us to…
Let not our hearts be troubled or to be afraid.
Well, he tells us this because he knows that if we seek the kind of peace that this world has to offer that it’s going to come with consequences.
And as I stated earlier the peace that the world offers comes with trouble and fear in most cases.
Let me give an example of the troubles and fear that I am referring to.
It causes trouble in our finances because we overextend ourselves by purchasing things that we think are going to give us peace of mind and happiness.
And then once we get so overwhelmed with the bills that seem to never stop coming…
We began to experience fear of losing what we have.
This is just, to sum up, the whole problem of being tricked by the ways of this world.
But here’s the good news my beloved friend.
The Lord Jesus promised that in the world we will have tribulations… But he also said that we can be of good cheer because he has overcome the world.
Therefore my beloved…
There is Peace for You and Me.
We have basically touched on every part of John 14: 27 and believe me there’s a whole lot more that we can talk about concerning the fruit of peace.
And just as the Lord Jesus has promised there is peace available for you and me.
So as we conclude this article or lecture… that is depending on how you may be consuming this commentary at this time.
Let us look at a couple of key verses in the bible that will show us how to tap into everlasting peace.
I’m sure you know it reads like this…
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Verse 5. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Verse 6. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And Verse 7. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
There’s truly a great deal that can be said about these amazing verses of scripture.
But I won’t go into it at this time… And if the Lords wills maybe we will come back to them at a later date.
What I will say though… Is that if we wish to discover the peace that passes all understanding.
Well, beloved we first have to adhere to the verses that precede the promise.
In other words, there are prerequisites that we must attend to.
Such as …
Rejoicing in the Lord.
We must not be anxious or worried about the things going on in and around our lives.
We need to make prayer and supplications a lifestyle.
And finally, we must learn to be content and thankful for and in all that God is doing in our lives.
But to top it off… God promises us perfect peace if we would adhere to these words found in Isaiah 26:3.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.
So, in other words, we must meditate on the word of God day and night. See Joshua 1:8 and Psalm 1:1-3.
And by the way… This is also your meditation assignment for this week.
So, until the next session, always remember to…
Keep up the good practice…
and experience the power of God…
working to give you a new life…