The fruit of the spirit is intended to give Christians a blessed and abundant life. Our job is to cultivate and pick the fruit—including the fruit of peace.
If you want to live a life of abundant peace, you need to start where it was stolen in the first place—right at the promises of God. If you really believe—if you know—that God’s promises are “yes” and “amen” for you, there is nothing to fear, nothing to question, nothing to consider. So, if the devil wants to rob you blind of your peace, he’s going to go for the jugular—your faith in THE BLESSING.
You see, he knows every promise of God already belongs to you. His only hope is to swindle you out of them by convincing you otherwise. You might say, “I believe in the promises of God, and I want them.” But do you expect them? Do you believe, without a doubt, that you will have them, or do you sometimes wonder if they’ll ever come to pass? It’s in that tiny area where belief and unbelief intersect that Satan lies in wait to ambush your faith.
Let’s set the record straight. Every promise of God is for you. To have peace is to trust God—completely. Jesus took the chastisement of our peace upon Himself, so we can enjoy the kind of peace that passes understanding every day—in every area of our lives.
That’s where peace comes from. Enjoying every good thing. The Hebrew word for peace is shalom, which means “nothing missing, nothing broken,” or “to be whole.” That kind of peace has always been God’s plan for His covenant-keeping people. No promise missing, no part of it broken.
Psalm 29:11 says He “blesses his people with peace” (NIV). He did that through the blood of Jesus—the Prince of Peace. The Bible tells us Jesus bore the chastisement of our peace the same way He bore our sins, sicknesses, and diseases He is our Peace.
Peace isn’t just the absence of trouble; it includes everything that makes for man’s highest good. That’s what God wants for your life. He wants your peace and prosperity to be like an abundant, flowing river. That’s a fruit worth picking.