Fruitful 4: Peace
The fruit of 'peace' is different to being conflict-averse. In this fourth study we'll see why.
- The gospel can be summed up by the phrase ‘peace with God’ (e.g. Romans 5:1)
- All Christians are peace-bringers as they offer this reconciliation to others, this is the work of evangelism (e.g. 2 Corinthians 5:20)
- But the fruit is relational and stands in contrast to biting, devouring and destroying (Galatians 5:15)
- The acts of the flesh include hatred, discord, dissensions and factions (Galatians 5:19)
- The Spirit-filled leader is therefore – in this context – someone who brings and promotes peace among Christians
- This is different to being conflict-averse; it is an active promotion of the peace that is only possible because we are united in Christ (see Galatians 3:26-28)
- Like all the fruit, this is a supernatural equipping
Questions to think about
- What circumstances in church life have you seen or experienced that lead to conflict? How could these have been avoided?
- What part can you play in (a) promoting peace in the church (b) addressing any conflicts that already are in play?
- Looking ahead to the next twelve months, what is being planned in church life that might stir up conflict? How can you communicate and plan for change in a way that will bring peace?
- Rejoice in the peace with God that comes through the gospel of grace
- Confess any situations where you have been the cause of conflict and resolve to pursue reconciliation. Ask God to give you courage to pursue peace and to see this as more than just avoiding conflict.
- Cry out to Christ Jesus to fill you with his Spirit so you might be a peace bringer and peace maker
Further passages to reflect on