Peace – Fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, PEACE, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
The general internet dictionary defines peace as freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility; freedom from or the cessation of war or violence; harmony, concord.
The Merriam-Webster’s dictionary goes on to say: “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions; harmony in personal relations; a state or period of mutual concord between governments; a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity; to keep silent or quiet.”
The New Testament Greek word for “peace” is eirene (Strong’s #1515). It is defined as “prosperity, quietness, rest, set at one again.”
The Old Testament Hebrew word for “peace” is shalom. Shalom is more than a greeting, but it wishes a person prosperity, success and happiness.
The blessings of Shalom (Strong’s #7965) include:
- Peace, quietness, tranquility
- Salvation and Baptism of the Holy Spirit
- Rest, Joy, Hope, Faith
- Absence of war
- Absence of strife and contention
- Peace in our spirit (rational intellect, the part of us that communes with God)
- Peace in our soul (mind, will, emotions)
- Peace with God, especially in covenant relation
- Peace that surpasses our understanding; peace like a river
- Unity; concord; harmony (the anointing oil flows with unity)
- Freedom from confusion and captivity of any kind
- Success and Blessings (family, children, both material and non-material things)
- Giving thanks for all your blessings
- Prosperity; wealth; living debt free; debts cancelled
- Satiation of God’s goodness
- Being filled up with the Word of God
- Possessing the promises of God
- Completeness, Wholeness
- Restoration; Rejuvenation; Refreshment; Recreation
- Friendship; Friendliness
- Soundness in mind and physical body; excellent health; wellness
- Welfare, Happiness
- Nothing missing and nothing broken
- Safe (in mind, body or estate)
- Restitution; compensation
- To walk in favor with God and man
- God gives His Beloved sleep
- Days of Heaven upon earth
- A greeting (“May it be well with you”)
- Messianic Reign
Jesus took the stripes on His back for the punishment for our peace. His Blood Atonement was enough to forgive sins, give eternal life, heal our bodies, minds and emotions, bring us out of poverty and into abundance, give us peace of mind and peace in our relationships, to give us total shalom.
Jesus tells us in John 14:27 “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.”
In John 16:33 Jesus goes on to say, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Because Jesus has overcome the world, we can be overcomers as well, and experience that peace in the midst of chaos in this world.
When we are troubled in our minds and emotions, and perplexed and distressed and full of anxiety, the peace of God will overwhelm us to the point where it surpasses our understanding. We won’t be able to understand how we could feel so much peace in the midst of the storm, but His peace is there for us without measure.
Philippians 4:6-8 tells us:
6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. AMP
The Bible says that God is the author of peace, as opposed to confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).
The Lord is referred to the God of peace (in most cases as a greeting) in Romans 1:7, 15:33, 16:20; 2 Corinthians 1:2, 13:11; Galations 1:3; Ephesians 1:2; Philippians 1:2; 1 Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 1:2; Titus 1:4; Philemon 3; Revelation 1:4.
Living in peace with others, to the best of our ability, is crucially important in our Christian walk. Hebrews 12:14 says to pursue peace and holiness with all men, which without those things no one will see the Lord.
Our peace can be multiplied, according to 1 Peter 1:2 and 2 Peter 1:2.
Hebrews 11:31 tells us that in the hall of faith, Rahab is commended for receiving the spies with peace. And her whole family was spared. “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.”
Melchizedek, in Genesis 14 and mentioned again in Hebrews 7:1-4, was a type of Christ, who had no beginning or ending, and has an eternal priesthood, from which Jesus is High Priest of the Melchizedek priesthood. Melchizedek was both a king and priest. He is called the king of peace (Salem means “peace”), and the king of righteousness. (And Jesus is also the King of peace and king of righteousness.)
God’s blessings and anointing rests on unity and being in peace with the brethren.
Psalms 133 says:
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
In the passage of Matthew 10:34-42, Jesus told us that He did not come to bring peace to the earth, but a sword. What does He mean by this, since He is the Prince of Peace?
One school of thought is that this passage means that He will have no other idols above Himself. Verses 38-39 talks about taking up your cross and following Jesus. Sometimes in family relationships, there is division because of Jesus.
That’s why Paul said in 1 Corinthians 7:15 that light and darkness cannot dwell in unity, and for those who are married to unbelievers to pursue peace to the best of your ability, but at the same time to be willing to let them go if they choose to leave, because God has called us to live in peace.
James said that where there is envy and strife, there is confusion and every demonic work (James 3:16).
When Jesus ministered to people in His earthly ministry, He would say, “Your faith has saved you, go in peace.” After He ministered to the woman with the issue of blood, He told her to go in peace (Mark 5:25-34). After the woman anointed His feet with precious oil, He told her to go in peace (Luke 7:44-50).
Romans 5:1-2 says that we have peace with God by being justified by faith. “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Romans 8:6 says, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
Romans 14:17 tells us: “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
Peace and edification go hand in hand. Romans 14:19 “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”
Romans 15:13 says, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Joy and peace go together.
Jesus pulled down the dividing wall of Jews and Gentiles, thus making them one body, with Jesus as the Chief Cornerstone.
Ephesians 2:14-22 tells us:
14 For He (Jesus) is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the Cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone.
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. KJV
Ephesians 4:3 says, “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Ephesians 6:13-18 talks about putting on the armor of God. Verse 15 says to have your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace.
The entire passage says:
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. KJV
Isaiah 52:7 is a cross reference to Ephesians 6:15. It says:
How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”
The Gospel is the good news of peace.
Jesus (the Messiah) is called the “Prince of Peace” in Isaiah 9:6. It says: “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, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” KJV
Isaiah 9:7 says that His peace shall never end.
Jesus’ Messianic coming is 2-fold. Jesus came to earth the first time as a servant, and to place peace in the HEARTS of people and make a way by the Cross that we can have peace with the Father. You cannot have true world peace until people’s hearts are transformed. Jesus will come a second time to bring peace to this world and will reign in Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 33:6 prophesies:
Behold, [in the future restored Jerusalem] I will lay upon it health and healing, and I will cure them and will reveal to them the abundance of peace (prosperity, security, stability) and truth. AMP
Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 says:
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.
The phrase “peace like a river” is used two times in the Old Testament. Isaiah 48:18; Isaiah 66:12.
Psalms 4:8 says, “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.”
Psalms 29:11 says, “The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.”
Psalms 34:14 “Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”
Psalms 37:11 “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”
Psalms 37:37 “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.”
Psalms 55:18 “He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.”
Psalms 72:7 “In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.”
Peace and righteousness go together. Psalms 85:10 says, “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” Also see Isaiah 32:17, which says: “And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.”
Psalms 119:165 says, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
The Bible commands us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Psalms 122:6-9 says:
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.
9 Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.
Psalms 128:6 says, “Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.”
Wisdom brings peace. Proverbs 3:1-2 says, “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments. For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
More is said about how wisdom brings peace to our lives. Proverbs 3:16-18 tells us: “Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.”
In James, it says that the wisdom that comes from above is peaceable, and filled with good fruit (James 3:17).
1 Timothy 2:2 talks about leading a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
Hebrews 12:11 says that no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but it yields the peaceable fruits of righteousness.
Proverbs 11:12 says that a man of understanding, or wisdom, holds his peace. He is not quarrelsome.
Proverbs 16:7 says that when a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
If you want peace of mind, then keep your thoughts on the Lord and His Word. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Isaiah 26:12 says that God will ordain peace for us.
Isaiah 54:13 declares, “And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.”
We are led by the Spirit through inward peace, and we go out in joy (Isaiah 55:12).
Isaiah 57:21 says that there is no peace for those who are wicked. Their life is always filled with trouble and strife.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 gives us hope:
11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
12 Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.
13 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. AMP