The Fruit of Peace in Crafting

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Andreas F. Borchert*

Galatians 5: 22,23 says: By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things

This is a continuation of our series on the fruits of the Spirit in crafting. You can find the other posts under this page:  Fruits of the Spirit in Crafting.

What do you think of when you hear the word “peace?” The sound of a babbling brook or singing birds? Lying in the sun at the beach? An afternoon away from the children or the office?

Temporary peace can mean a number of things depending on your interests; however, in both the Old and the New Testaments, the meaning of peace comes from the Hebrew word shalom, which is defined as “wholeness” or “completion”, according to jewsforjesus.org. In the New Testament, which was written in Greek, the word, eirene, is rooted in the concept of shalom. But it can also be used to describe a lawful order or the way you treat someone.

In Galatians 5, Paul uses the word eirene to describe “peace”. In context, it appears that he is talking about shalom, or wholeness or completeness. Shalom is what the Holy Spirit brings to our lives when we are in relationship with God.

In my experience, the peace of God did not come upon me all at once when I began a relationship with God. I had my moments, but real peace – wholeness and completeness – came much later. In order to attain it, the first thing I had to do was allow God to work through a bunch of anxiety, worry and self-loathing that was present in my heart. God had to get me into a place where I quit trying to live how others expected me to live. I had to do what I felt was right in my own heart because God had put those desires there in the first place. For me this process took more than 20 years. Perhaps it will take or has taken less time for you. But, because we are all different, your process and issues will be different from mine.

What’s important to God, however, is that we head in the direction of finding that peace. We may never completely attain it in this life but at least we’ll find some peace along the way. I believe that God has brought me a lot of peace in crafting fiber. This may sound silly, but it’s true, and it took me a little while to accept that. Aren’t Christians supposed spend all of their time in their churches and do great things that have nothing to do with who God made them to be? Aren’t we supposed to go viral for Jesus? Aren’t we supposed to be a famous musician or write a book in order to be heard? That’s the way it comes across, yet it goes against what many of us are meant to do.

I do not know what God will do with this fiber addiction, but at least I will enjoy the process of getting there. I enjoy the process of creating. This peace is an indication of what I am meant to do, how I am meant to express God’s love to others in this world.

Submitting to that desire is part of growing up as a child of God. Greater peace comes as the relationship grows.

What is your experience?

*Fruit of the Holy Spirit, Stained glass window at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, depicting the Fruit of the Holy Spirit along with role models representing them, i.e. the Good Shepherd representing love, an angel holding a scroll of Gloria in excelsis Deo representing joy and Jesus Christ, Job representing longsuffering, Jonathan faith, Ruth gentleness and goodness, Moses meekness, and John the Baptist temperance. Executed by Hardman & Co. in the 1870s.[1]

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