22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The fruit of the Spirit produces spiritual qualities and noble virtues which reveal maturity , mutual appreciation and positively boosts the self esteem of all those in the community of the local or global Church . Peace is to be found among the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit and it is the expression of wholeness of the struggling pilgrim on this earthly journey as each of us plods on in faith and perseverance . Peace is both a prayerful static silent and a prayerful dynamic pro active fruit-mode as the Holy Spirit leads us forward in our daily lives .
Our highly technological world has become a hub of fast and furious Smart Instant communication with good news mingled with bad news ..and the bad news are always in the forefront pages of the Major Newspapers. This week in USA a violent murderous man Steve Stevens posted a live video on Facebook of his random killing of an elderly 74 yrs old person in Cleveland due to his anger with his girlfriend . As Police stopped him , he committed suicide with his gun on Easter day 2017 . This act is reminiscent of the infamous Judas Iscariot who also committed suicide as he sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver in Mathew 26 :15 , as he lamented over his treacherous act .
Out of twelve Apostles who followed closely our Lord Jesus , one of them namely Judas Iscariot would betray his Lord and Master . Yet he witnessed all the amazing miraculous , healing and teaching events of Rabbi Yeshua Ben Yosef – Jesus just like the 11 other Apostles …and yet sadly he turned ungratefully bluntly sterile ! In botany, a fruit is the seed-bearing structure in flowering plants formed from the ovary after flowering.Sadly the unripened Fruit which was produced by Judas Iscariot was immature and instead of bearing fruit to the glory of God caused massive frustration , lamentation and self pity ending in utter despair . There was no peace in him and he committed the irreversible act . All the other disciples bore much fruit as they launched out in the Great Commission amidst persecution and founded communities and Churches in the Middle East region , and surprisingly with Incredulous Thomas even reaching India .
Today we live in a world where we seek peace in our silent reflective or noisy proactive lives in the midst of a multitude of incredible awesome personalities and abominable awful ones . We want peace !.. and peace is a fruit of the Spirit which grows in the blazing sunshine and pouring rains , resulting in the ripening to maturity process; it is a goal which is attainable and is also to be attained as we move on .
The Great Physicist Albert Einstein said “Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding” as the Nazis persecuted the Jews in Germany and he was Jewish . His genius led to the production the ATOMIC BOMB dropped on Nagasaki & Hiroshima to end WWII with forced obliged Japanese PEACE . Today the nuclear explosion capacity possibilities is a source of great geo-political tension on the Universal world PEACE platform .
Racial peace is a desired resolved challenge exercise as we experience racial differences where we are in our tangible society . It expresses the maturing mutual appreciation and respect of each other in our multi-coloured and multi race imbroglio society. Martin Luther King who in 1964 received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance said : I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of PEACE and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
1 Pet 3:11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.
Heavenly Father , you offer me the gifts and peaceful spiritual resources of the Spirit so that I may be discipled , pruned and transformed daily by your Holy Spirit to bear fruit to your glory . Lord Jesus , may I always recognize your loving voice for me through multi-dimensional Prayer and share your life-giving Word.
+ Roger Chung Jaomalaza, Former Bishop of Madagascar