Peace from God – Fruit of the Spirit

Peace
From Christ

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Message in the picture

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. – Peace
Colossians 3:15 (CENT)

Shalom and Eirēnē – Peace

Psalms 29:11 The LORD will give strength unto His people; The LORD will bless his people with peace*. (Tanakh-1917) | Isaiah 9:6 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) Colossians 1:20 Through the Son, God also reconciled all things to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, thereby making peace through the blood of his cross. (ISV)

* NOTE: Peace in Psalms 29:11 and Isaiah 9:6 are from the Hebrew שָׁלוֹם שָׁלוֹם shalowm (shaw-lome’) (or shalom {shaw-lome’}).
Something to think about:

Your life and surroundings may be filled with trouble, but you can have peace within. Tour the Scriptures with me to learn how to calm the inner you. Adam Clarke describes the Spirit’s peace as “The calm, quiet, and order, which take place in the justified soul, instead of the doubts, fears, alarms, and dreadful forebodings, which every true penitent less or more feels, and must feel till the assurance of pardon brings peace and satisfaction to the mind.”

Key Points:
  1. Our primary focus in this study is the peace we get when we are born again. This type of peace is harmony with God and unity with other born again believers. Ephesians 4:3 Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace. (AMPC)
  2. Find peace in knowing the Holy Spirit is your seal or guarantee of salvation. Ephesians 1:13-14 You too heard the word of truth in Christ, which is the good news of your salvation. You were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit because you believed in Christ. (CEB) 14 He {the Holy Spirit} is a down payment of our inheritance, until God’s own possession [i.e., His people] receives redemption. [Note: Here “redemption” refers to receiving a new body in heaven]. May this bring about praise to God’s splendor. (AUV)
  3. Learn to let the Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Sar Shalom), give you peace. Romans 4:25-5:1 For Jesus ‘was given up to death to atone for our offences,’ and was raised to life that we might be pronounced righteous. 5 1 Therefore, having been pronounced righteous as the result of faith, let us enjoy peace with God through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (TCNT) [Read Ephesians 2:14-18]

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Peace
Fruit of the Spirit
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“God’s kingdom has nothing to do with eating or drinking. It is a matter of being right with God. It brings the peace and joy the Holy Spirit gives.”
Romans 14:17 (NIRV)

Galatians 5:22-23 (RKJNT) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 Gentleness, self-control: against such things there is no law.

This peace, like all fruit of the Spirit, is unconditional and powerful. It is God’s gift to His children—through the Holy Spirit. Philippians 4:7 says it is beyond understanding; it protects (guards or keeps) your hearts and minds (thoughts and feelings; YOU {humon}).

The ‘fruit of the Spirit’ peace, eirēnē (ei-ray’-nay), is the peace that Jesus says is “not as the world gives“, it is His (God’s) peace John 14:27. This peace is not connected to possessions, income, education, intellect or human relationships. We cannot find this through anything other than the Spirit of God.

John 14:27 (RKJNT) 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 16:33 (RKJNT) These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Other English words for eirēnē in Galatians 5:22

NOTE: The (CEV) translators used the word ‘peaceful‘, (MSG) used ‘serenity‘, (OJB) used ‘shalom‘, and the (SENT) translators used ‘harmony‘. The (JMNT) translator gives this option “harmony; [= shalom]”, (ERRB) adds ‘shalom‘, and the (ALT) suggest “[or, freedom from anxiety]”.
Definitions from Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1828)
1. In a general sense, a state of quiet or tranquillity; freedom from disturbance or agitation; applicable to society, to individuals, or to the temper of the mind.
5. Freedom from agitation or disturbance by the passions, as from fear, terror, anger, anxiety or the like; quietness of mind; tranquillity; calmness; quiet of conscience.
6. Heavenly rest; the happiness of heaven.

My friends be at peace with yourself and whatever situation you are in, allow God’s peace into your life experiences. This fruit that comes from the Holy Spirit is being relaxed and content through Christ free from worry and fear.

Question for ‘part one’ – Fruit of the Spirit: Are you at peace within your mind and heart?

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Peace
Part Two
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Peace – I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope.
Romans 15:13 (CEV)

Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all. (BBE)

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I am calling on [or, pleading with] you, brothers [and sisters], through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all shall be speaking the same [thing] [fig., shall be in agreement], and [there] shall not be divisions among you, but you shall have been perfected in the same mind and in the same judgment [or, purpose]. (ALT)

Peace from God’s Spirit is a result of your faith. Those born again have The Creator of all things living within. No other peace compares to this; does the thought of this bring you peace? According to the Greek-English Lexicon this fruit of the Spirit is a state of freedom from anxiety and inner turmoil – freedom from worry.

Luke 12:25-26 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? (NLT)

There are eight Greek words for peace via the KJV. If you want to see the differences follow the links below:

  1. εἰρήνη eirēnē (ei-ray’-nay) n. 1. peace 2. peace between individuals, i. e. harmony, concord [Strong’s number 1515. Too many Scripture references to list.]
  2. εἰρηνεύω eireneuo (ei-rayn-yoo’-o) v. 1. to be (act) peaceful [Strong’s number 1514. Refer to 2 Corinthians 13:11 and 1 Thessalonians 5:13]
  3. εἰρηνοποιέω eirenopoieo (ei-ray-nop-oy-eh’-o) v. 1. to be a peace-maker 2. (figuratively) to harmonize [Strong’s number 1517. Refer to Colossians 1:20]
  4. εἰρηνοποιός eirenopoios (ei-ray-nop-oy-os’) adj. 1. pacificatory 2. (subjectively) peaceable [Strong’s number 1518. Refer to Matthew 5:9]
  5. ἡσυχάζω hesuchazo (hay-soo-khad’-zo) v. 1. to keep still (intransitively), i.e. refrain from labor, meddlesomeness or speech [Strong’s number 2270. Refer to Matthew 5:9]
  6. σιγάω sigao (see-gah’-o) v. 1. to keep silent (transitively or intransitively) [Strong’s number 4601. Refer to Luke 9:36; 18:39; 20:26; Acts 12:17; 15:12-13; Romans 16:25; 1 Corinthians 14:28, 30, 34]
  7. σιωπάω siopao (see-o-pah’-o) v. 1. to be dumb (but not also deaf) 2. (figuratively) to be calm (as quiet water) [Strong’s number 4623. Refer to Matthew 20:31; 26:63; Mark 3:4; 4:39; 9:34; 10:48; 14:61; 1:20; 19:40; Acts 18:9]
  8. φιμόω phimoo (fee-moh’-o) v. 1. to muzzle [Strong’s number 5392. Refer to Matthew 22:12; 22:34; Mark 1:25; 4:39; Luke 4:35; 1 Timothy 5:18; 1 Peter 2:15]

Other English words for eirēnē via KJV

At one again – Acts 7:26 “And the next day he appears to them as they strive, to set them at shalom again, saying, Men, You, brothers, why injure one another?” (ECB) | Rest – Acts 9:31 Then the congregations through all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria, being edified, had rest; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the admonition of the Holy Spirit, were multiplied. (LONT) | Quietness – Acts 24:2 And when he was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that because of you we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy reforms are done for this nation by your provision, (RKJNT)

Question for ‘part two’: Do you know the Greek word for peacefulness that comes from the Holy Spirit?

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Scriptures to read and study

Isaiah 9:6-7; Isaiah 26:1-6 (focus verses: 2-4; key verse: 3); Romans 14:14-23 (key verse: 17); John 16:25-33 (key verse: 33); Romans 8:1-11 (focus verses: 5-8; key verse: 6), 12:9-21 (focus verses: 17-21) and 15:7-13 (key verse: 13); Philippians 4:2-7 (key verse: 7); Ephesians 2:14-18

Peace
Conclusion

Philippians 4:4-7 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace always in all ways. The Lord be with you all. (RKJNT)

What better words to close this lesson than these from 2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice, be comforted and of the same mind. Help each another and learn to agree. Live free from worry. And the God of love and serenity will be with you. Will you allow the peacefulness of God to keep your heart and mind? Live a life free from worry and be blessed—Tim .

Related Bible studies:

Fruit of the Spirit – Can Others See God Through You? | Live in Harmony

Question for “conclusion”: Are you calm and at rest in the harmony of our Lord Jesus Christ?

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  1. I enjoy this reading I have gained knowledege about inner peace


    • Thank you Remus, we praise God for His word accomplishing what it was meant to do. I appreciate the feedback.

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