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“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

This week, we will be looking at the third characteristic listed in reference to the fruit of the Spirit – peace.

The Greek word for peace is eiréné (pronounced i-ray’-nay). The direct meaning of the word is: one, peace, quietness, rest, wholeness.

The Greek word for peace is derived from the root Greek word eirō. This verb literally means to tie together into a whole that which is scattered. It means to join to make whole.

The peace that the New Testament speaks of is not the absence of difficulties, trials, or tribulations. The peace that the New Testament speaks of is the ability to tie together all the broken and scattered pieces together to bring it to wholeness, oneness, so that there is rest, quietness…peace.

I love that! The world you and I live in is broken and scattered. God’s peace is not an escape from this broken and scattered world. The peace that God offers us in Jesus Christ is the ability to bring broken and the scattered things of this world to make it whole again, to give it rest, to make it one.

God’s peace is not an escape from this world. God’s peace is the antidote and the vaccine for all that is broken and scattered in our world. God’s peace is the only way broken and scattered things can be whole again.

That’s what God offers you and me in his peace. That’s the peace we get to offer to our broken and scattered world.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

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