And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:7

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What’s amazing is that God provides peace for us; it is one of the fruit of the Spirit. Mankind in his flesh cannot conjure up real peace since it comes only from God Himself.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5:22-23

Peace also means that we have nothing to fear because God is with us (Immanuel) in the form of His Spirit, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And that reminds us that the Holy Spirit accomplishes His will in sinful man by sanctifying us to learn to walk in a manner worthy of the calling (Eph. 4).

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. ~Philippians 2:13

God wants us to be at peace with Him so He provided the perfect sacrifice in His Son, Jesus. God wants to bring us peace in our hearts as we learn by grace to trust Him. God wants us to reflect His glory by living at peace with others and despite sinful, harsh circumstances in a cursed world.

Give your peace to others and tell them where it came from!

-Mark and Rachel Shaw (grateful for the Holy Spirit producing fruit in us)