Previously, I wrote that peace is yours for the taking.
Part of biblical peace is Spirit-given freedom from worry despite our circumstances. As a fruit of the Spirit, we can have peace as we trust in Christ through everything face.
But having that internal peace is only part of displaying peace as a fruit of the Spirit in your life. The other part is just that—displaying it. The full definition I would give biblical peace is Spirit-given freedom from worry despite our circumstances that displays itself in how we interact with others.
If you pay attention to Paul’s letters, he almost always starts and ends with a prayer for peace in the life of the church or the individual. His desire is that peace be exemplified in the local body of believers through the congregation and the leadership.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 sums it up nicely, “May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always and in every way.” That’s a lot of peace. The Lord of peace give you peace in every possible way and at every time.
The peace you have in Christ with the Father that is given to you through the Spirit is to work itself out in your heart and life and out towards and with others.
We have peace with God and that should flow out from us to those around us. They should recognize peace being at work in our life and they should reap some of the benefits.
In Colossians 3:15, Paul tells the believers to allow the peace of the Messiah, to which they were called in one body, control their hearts. The peace of Christ has brought them together as a church family and it is to control the way they behave toward each other.
Jesus even said the way the world would know we were His disciples is by the way we loved each other. By allowing His peace to work in us and among us strengthening our relationships to each other, we are testifying to the Prince of Peace in a decidedly non-peaceful world.
You have been granted peace, not simply for your own personal benefit, but so that you can live it out in your interactions with others for their good and God’s glory. Peace is yours for the giving.