In the New Testament, the word “peace” is found at the beginning or end of every epistle except for James and 1st John. The breadth of its meaning is apparent when it is linked with “grace” (Romans 1:7), “life” (Romans 8:6), and “righteousness” (Romans 14:17). What are the different shades of meaning of this wonderful word?
- Romans 1:7, “…to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 8:6, “…For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.”
Romans 14:17, “…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
The Biblical word “peace” signifies far more than merely the absence of war. It carries the idea of completeness and wholeness. It conveys a sense of inner-satisfaction and fulfillment. It communicates the idea of contentment and serenity. In its fullest sense, it expresses our hope of reconciliation and redemption. Continue reading » Fruit of the Spirit: Peace