Galatians 5:22 – Joy and Peace25-10-2022 - Posted by Hans
Now the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control.
Just as joy is not a product of human effort, neither is peace . But being happy ‘for nothing’ and inner peace in the midst of all circumstances, who wouldn’t want that?
The joy and peace spoken of here are not “works of the law.” No one can be happy or at peace on command. Therefore, as Paul writes here, they are also characteristics of “the fruit of the Spirit ” or of agape love. This love makes a man realize that there is One in whom we can always rejoice abundantly! He makes all things well… for everyone! This is a source that produces joy and peace relentlessly. It makes us aware of GOD who, as the one Disposer, gives everything its place in his time and way. Whoever knows this has peace of mind, even if it is accompanied by pain, trouble and sorrow.
Although this joy and peace reside in the heart, they inevitably express themselves outwardly. Those who know joy will also want others to share in that joy. And whoever knows peace will also live in peace with others. Behold the fruit of the Spirit!