by Brandy Webb
The third fruit of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22 is peace. Jesus gives us peace through the Holy Spirit (John 14:26-27), but it is not the peace that the majority of people think of when they define peace. This peace is not a life without troubles, it isn’t a life without wars, and it isn’t peaceful living through prosperity. It is peace as in wholeness, a sense of tranquility inside us, even if life around us is in a constant state of chaos.
It is the supernatural ability to stay calm in the midst of the storm. A good example of this is when Jesus calms the storm in the Bible. The disciples are terrified that they are going to die. Their boat is taking in water, and Jesus is just peacefully sleeping during the storm. The disciples did not see how they were going to make it through the storm. They end up waking Jesus, and the first thing He says is “Peace, be still,” and the wind ceases, calming the seas (Mark 4:39). He then rebukes His disciples for not having enough faith, but the point I want to make right now is, it took Jesus to calm the storm. He is peace, and He will willingly give us peace.
If we want true peace, we have to trust our Father and our Messiah. Plus, we have to listen to the Holy Spirit inside us. Remember, God keeps us “in perfect peace” if we keep our mind on Him and trust Him (Isa 26:3).
Now, I know this is easier said than done, but it isn’t impossible, for all things are possible with God (Luke 18:27). Plus, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil 4:13).
Therefore, when the waves come crashing in and it feels like you are about to drown. Set your mind on the Messiah and let him give you peace because in this world “you will have trouble, but be courageous” for He has overcome the world! (John 16:33). “Now may the Lord of peace give you His peace at all times and in every way. May the Lord be with all of you” (2 Thess 3:16).