The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Peace

Posted by on Jan 28, 2007

First Baptist Church of Ranson, WV

January 28, 2007

Sunday Morning

“The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Peace”

Scripture Text: Galatians 5:22

Introduction:

 

A.   (Illus.- Last week as I was browsing the Internet, I came across a web site called “United for Peace and Justice.” On their home page, there was a giant advertisement which read as follows: “March On Washington: January 27, 2007: Assemble on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets: March will kick off at 1:00 pm.” I read a little bit further and among the “confirmed speakers” listed were names like “Jane Fonda, Danny Glover, Jesse Jackson, Dennis Kucinich and Maxine Waters.” As I read the complete list of featured speakers, I was a little surprised that Cindy Sheehan’s name was not on the list. Now I assume that these folks had their march in Washington yesterday, but I can’t help but wonder about something. I can’t help but wonder if any of those people have any idea what real peace is all about. They march for peace. They protest for peace. They say that they are in favor of peace. However, how many of them have any idea whatsoever what real peace is all about? I would imagine that very few of them do.)

 

B.   The reason I have raised this question is because the third “fruit of the Spirit” (outward evidence of the Holy Spirit’s working in a believer’s life) that Paul mentions here is “peace.”

1. Notice again Gal. 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace.”

2. Now what is the meaning of the word “peace”?

 

3. The word “peace” here is translated from the Greek word “eirene” (i-ray’-nay), which literally means “peace, quietness, or rest.”

4. There are actually three kinds of peace that are mentioned and dealt with in God’s Word.

5. This morning, I would like for us to consider all three.

 

C.   First of all, there is what we could call…

 

I.       Peace With God.

 

A.   Turn with me to Rom. 5:1, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

1. Notice the phrase “peace with God.”

2. By the way, this is the most important kind of peace there is!

3. Why do I say that?

4. I say that because unless you have made peace with God, there is no way that you can experience the other kinds of peace that I am going to talk about this morning.

5. Making peace with God is absolutely essential!

 

B.   Now this raises a question.

1. Why does man need to make peace with God?

2. The Bible gives us the answer to this question, and the answer is, because man, by nature, is at enmity with God.

3. In other words, because we were born a sinners, we were born at odds with God, or we could say that we were born enemies of God.

4. It all goes back to the garden of Eden.

5. When Adam sinned against God, Adam became an enemy of God, but it didn’t stop there.

6. Not only did Adam become an enemy of God, but every one of his descendants (which includes every one of us) is born an enemy of God as well.

7. Listen to Rom. 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

8. To put it simply as I know how, man needs to make peace with God because man is born a sinner.

 

C.   Now I know that some people will argue with that statement, however, the Bible is very clear.

1. For example, in Psa. 51:5, the psalmist David wrote, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

2. David put it like this in Psa. 58:3, “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.”

3. And so, contrary to what many would have us to believe, we were all born sinners, enemies of God, in need of making peace with God.

 

D.   Now this raises yet another question.

1. If man is, by nature, the enemy of God, how then can he make peace with God?

2. Well, let’s go back to Rom. 5:1, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

3. According to this passage, there is only one way for sinners to make peace with God, and that is through faith in the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

4. You see, when Jesus died on the cross, He died for our sins.

5. Rom. 6:23 tells us that “…the wages of sin is death,” but Jesus died to pay those wages on our behalf, and in so doing, made a way for us to make peace with God.

6. Rom. 5:8 tells us that “…God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

7. When we place our faith in the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for us, His precious blood is applied to our sins, and all of our sins are forgiven.

8. This is how we make peace with God!

9. There is a verse in Ephesians 4 that says it so well, and that’s Vrs. 14, speaking of our Lord Jesus, Paul wrote, “For he (Jesus) is our peace.”

 

E.   Perhaps I am speaking to someone this morning, and you have no real peace in your life.

1. You are like the people that the prophet Isaiah described in Isa. 57:20-21, “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt….There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”

2. Your life is like a troubled sea.

3. You have no peace, no quietness, no rest, only constant turbulence.

4. If that describes your life, it is probably because you have never made peace with God.

5. You have never…

-acknowledged your sin before God,

-confessed your helplessness to save yourself,

-trusted in the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for your sins.

6. It is no wonder that you lack peace in your life.

7. And so, the first and most important kind of peace is peace with God.

 

F.    But there is also what we could call the…

 

II.      Peace Of God.

 

A.   Turn with me to Col. 3:15, “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. Notice the phrase “the peace of God.”

2. What is “the peace of God”?

 

3. It is simply the peace that comes from…

-being at peace with God,

-knowing Christ as our Savior,

-being assured that your sins have been forgiven and that you have a home in heaven.

 

B.   Let me point out here that, just like joy, the source of this peace is within us.

1. Of course, I’m talking about the indwelling Holy Spirit of God.

2. He is our source of peace.

3. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad that the source for our peace is within us.

4. (Illus.- In recent years, I have had the opportunity to visit several old castles, both in Western and Eastern Europe. I’m told that in many of these old castles you will find deep water wells that were dug in order to supply water when the castle was under siege. You see, if the inhabitants of the castle were dependent upon some outside source of water, they could be in big trouble. Why? Because the enemy could dam, pollute or cut off their water supply. And so, they dug wells within the castle itself so that they would have an inside source of water.)

5. This is very similar to the peace that we enjoy as believers.

6. We may have troubles without, but on the inside we have a constantly abiding source of peace in the person of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

7. This is why our enemy, Satan, can’t rob us of our peace.

 

C.   There is something else that we should understand about the peace of God.

1. Not only does it originate within us, but it also comes in varying degrees.

2. What do I mean by that?

3. I simply mean that while every believer enjoys some degree of the peace of God, some have more than others.

D.   Now this raises a question.

1. How can we, as believers, enjoy more of the peace of God in our lives?

2. Someone says, “By walking in the Spirit more!”

3. That’s true, but let me give you two very practical suggestions that will help you in your spiritual walk.

4. First of all, we can enjoy more of the peace of God in our lives if we will spend more time in God’s Word.

5. Listen to Psa. 119:165, “Great peace have they which love thy law:”

6. The prophet Isaiah put it like this in Isa. 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:”

7. How do we keep our minds “stayed” (focused) on God?

8. It’s very simple.

9. We do so by spending time in God’s Word.

10.   There is nothing that pacifies our soul more than spending time in God’s precious Word.

 

E.   May I say, secondly, that we can enjoy more of the peace of God in our lives if we will spend more time in prayer.

1. Listen to what Paul wrote to the Philippian believers in Phil. 4:6-7, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God….And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

2. (Illus.- Have you ever been really worried about something that you were facing or that was going in your life, or perhaps the life of one of your loved ones, and you got on your knees and poured your heart out to God about it, and as a result of doing that, God gave you a wonderful peace? In other words, it was like God told you not to worry, that He would take care of the situation and work things out. Have you ever experienced that? If you have ever experienced that, you know how precious that peace is!)

 

3. The sad truth is, however, that most believers would rather worry and fret about the situation, rather than giving it to God in prayer.

4. Hey, let me tell you something, worrying about something never helps, especially when we are worrying about something over which we have absolutely no control.

5. All that worry does is make us miserable.

6. It can also make us sick (affect us physically).

7. Why in the world would anyone choose to be both miserable and sick, when instead they could have that “peace of God, which passeth all understanding”?

 

F.    And so, the second kind of peace that is mentioned and dealt with in the Bible is the peace of God.

 

G.   Finally, there is what we could call….

 

III.    Peace With Others.

 

A.   Turn with me to Rom. 12:16-18. “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits….Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men…If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”

1. Jesus put it like this in Mark 9:50, “…have peace one with another.”

2. The writer of Hebrews put it like this in Heb. 12:14, “Follow peace with all men.”

 

B.   Now I’m going to say something that I want you to listen to very carefully.

1. The peace of God that I have talking about this morning, this peace is more than something that we have within, it is something that affects our relationships with others.

2. For example, it affects our relationship with our spouse.

3. You show me a marriage that is in trouble, a marriage where there is strife, a marriage where the husband and wife fight like cats and dogs, and I will show you a marriage where there is a significant absence of the peace of God.

4. I’ll show you a marriage where either one or both partners are not walking in the spirit, a marriage where the Holy Spirit is not being allowed to work, a marriage where there is little fruit (evidence) of the Holy Spirit.

5. How can I make such a bold statement?

6. I can do so because the Bible says that “the fruit of the Spirit is…peace.” (Gal. 5:22)

7. If a husband and wife are walking in the Spirit, allowing the Holy Spirit to control their lives, they are going to have a peaceful marriage.

8. Now this does not mean that there won’t be an occasional skirmish, but it does mean that their marriage won’t be like WW III!

 

C.   Let me give you another example.

1. The peace of God also affects our relationships with other believers.

2. Show me a church that is in trouble, a church where there is strife, a church where the members fight like cats and dogs, and I will show you a church where there is a significance absence of the peace of God.

3. I will show you a church where many, if not most, of the members are not walking in the Spirit, a church where the Holy Spirit is not being allowed to work, a church where there is little (fruit) evidence of the Holy Spirit.

4. How can I make such a bold statement?

5. I can because the Bible says that “the fruit of the Spirit is…peace.” (Gal. 5:22)

6. If a church is made of members who, for the most part, are walking in the Spirit, allowing the Holy Spirit to control their lives, there is going to be good fellowship (peace) in that church.

 

7. Again, this does not mean that there will not be an occasional skirmish, but it does mean that the church services will not be like WW III.

 

D.   The point I am trying to make is this: Don’t tell me how spiritual you are, if you can’t get along with your spouse.

1. Don’t tell me how spiritual you are, if you can’t get along with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

2. Don’t tell me, because I’m not going to believe you.

3. Why not?

4. Because the Bible says that “the fruit of the Spirit is…peace.” (Gal. 5:22)

5. If you are truly walking in the Spirit, if the Holy Spirit is truly working in your life, then that will be manifested in peaceful relationships.

Conclusion:

 

A.   Let me ask you a personal question, one that I have asked several times during the past few weeks.

1. Are you walking in the Spirit?

2. Is the Holy Spirit truly working in your life?

3. If so, then three things will be true.

4. First of all, you will be at peace with God.

5. Secondly, you will also have the peace of God.

6. Finally, you will be at peace with others.

7. Why?

8. Because the Bible says that “the fruit of the Spirit is…peace.” (Gal. 5:22)

 

B.   Perhaps you are not even saved.

1. If so, you have no peace.

2. You do not have peace with God.

3. You do not have the peace of God.

4. You do not have true peace with others.

5. Your life this morning is anything but peaceful.

6. You are like the folks that Isaiah the prophet described in Isa. 57:20 as being “like the troubled sea.”