Galatians 5:22-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
22 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.
I think the NASB translation of the verse above is my favorite, at least it is the version that I’ve hidden in my heart. Today I want to discuss the peace of the Spirit as a fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Without his Spirit there can be no good spiritual fruit in our lives.
The Greek word used in Galatians 5:22 as listed in the Strong’s Concordance (G1515) is:
Probably from a primary verb εἴρω eirō (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication prosperity: – one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again.
The Apostle John recorded Jesus’ words in his gospel regarding his peace.
John 14:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
I am of the opinion that Jesus, in speaking to his apostles, probably used the word ‘shalom’ which the Greek translated into peace. Shalom has a much deeper meaning than just the peace that is the absence of conflict or war. Biblically the word shalom is a blessing inferring divine grace with tranquility, well-being, security, prosperity, and a life that is untainted with any defect. It relates to both the physical and moral aspects of life.*
For me the peace that Jesus gave us, his peace, becomes an inner state in which nothing is unsettling to my spirit. Because his Spirit dwells in me it produces that fruit of tranquility in my very being. I have to say that when I am not fully walking in the ways of Yahuah that peace does not always manifest. However, when I am walking close to God, that peace will settle in on my soul and my spirit is calm, relaxed, and not fearful of my circumstances even in adversity.
When Jesus was teaching on the mountain he said that those who are peacemakers are blessed for they will be called the Children (Sons) of God (Matthew 5:9). It is not always easy to be a peacemaker. In Romans 12:18 the apostle Paul admonishes us to as much as it is possible live peaceably with others. I take that to mean we are to try to be peacemakers, not engaging acts or speech that is inflammatory with others who happen to disagree with us. We are not to argue religion or any other topic, such as politics, that causes heightened emotions which can lead to anger and strife. We would better serve the Kingdom by being calm and level headed and at peace when we are faced with adversity and the anger of another person. That is not to say that we should compromise our integrity or our faith to keep peace with another person.
Romans 14:16-18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
16 Therefore, do not let your good be slandered, 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever serves Christ in this way is acceptable to God and approved by men. (emphasis added)
Most importantly we are to be at peace with Yahuah. Living according to the example of Christ and following his command in Matthew 22:37 to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind. He was reiterating the passage in Deuteronomy 6:5 which says to love Yahuah with all your heart, soul, and strength (KJV uses might). When we love our Creator God in this manner, his Holy Spirit will manifest his fruit in our lives and we will have that peace which Jesus said that he gives to us. It is not of our own but the peace of Jesus which will be that fruit of the spirit in our lives.