Friday, February 1, 2013

ereine = peace

Peace is a gift from God:

Peace being a fruit of the spirit is interesting because the word can be used as a political term referring to entire countries or as a very personal word referring to an inner state of being.  I think that it is obvious that as a fruit of the Spirit the Bible is using this second meaning of the word peace and throughout the New Testament we can see that peace does not mean safety.  Peace does not mean that there aren't people deliberately trying to destroy you.  Many, if not all, of the writers of the New Testament were being persecuted for their beliefs and the early church was not at peace in the sense of the opposite of being at war.  However, it shows God's Spirit dwelling inside of you when you have inner peace in the middle of this type of persecution.  When you lose your job the fruit of the Spirit is still peace.  When loved ones die the fruit of the Spirit is still peace.  When people hate you and slander you saying all sorts of lies about you the fruit of the Spirit is still peace.  When you don't have a clue what you are supposed to do in your current situation and you are up all night thinking over a decision the fruit of the Spirit is still peace.  

In the Gospel of John, Jesus says "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth , give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid."  Peace is a gift from God.  It is not by striving to have peace that we gain it, it is by ceasing to strive.  It is the "peace that passes all understanding" that really helps us in our time of need.

You can only have this type of peace from God when you are being unselfish.  In Romans 8:6 Paul says, "For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace."  When we pray, ask for forgiveness, and cease to strive all the time we find that we are truly at peace.

Link back to the Fruits of the Spirit

All scriptures in the New Testament with the Greek word eirene which is usually translated as peace.

  • Mat 10:13 KJV - And if the house be worthy, let your eirene come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your eirene return to you.
  • Mat 10:34 KJV - Think not that I am come to send eirene on earth: I came not to send eirene, but a sword.
  • Mar 5:34 KJV - And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole ; go in eirene, and be whole of thy plague.
  • Luk 1:79 KJV - To give light to them that sit in darkness and [in] the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of eirene.
  • Luk 2:14 KJV - Glory to God in the highest, and on earth eirene, good will toward men.
  • Luk 2:29 KJV - Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in eirene, according to thy word:
  • Luk 7:50 KJV - And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in eirene.
  • Luk 8:48 KJV - And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort : thy faith hath made thee whole ; go in eirene.
  • Luk 10:5 KJV - And into whatsoever house ye enter , first say , Eirene [be] to this house.
  • Luk 10:6 KJV - And if the son of eirene be there, your eirene shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again .
  • Luk 11:21 KJV - When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in eirene:
  • Luk 12:51 KJV - Suppose ye that I am come to give eirene on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
  • Luk 14:32 KJV - Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of eirene.
  • Luk 19:38 KJV - Saying , Blessed [be] the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: eirene in heaven, and glory in the highest.
  • Luk 19:42 KJV - Saying , If thou hadst known , even thou, at least in this thy day, the things [which belong] unto thy eirene! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
  • Luk 24:36 KJV - And as they thus spake , Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Eirene [be] unto you.
  • Jhn 14:27 KJV - Eirene I leave with you, my eirene I give unto you: not as the world giveth , give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid .
  • Jhn 16:33 KJV - These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have eirene. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer ; I have overcome the world.
  • Jhn 20:19 KJV - Then the same day at evening, being the first [day] of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Eirene [be] unto you.
  • Jhn 20:21 KJV - Then said Jesus to them again, Eirene [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
  • Jhn 20:26 KJV - And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: [then] came Jesus, the doors being shut , and stood in the midst, and said , Eirene [be] unto you.
  • Act 7:26 KJV - And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove , and would have set them at one again eirene, saying , Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another?
  • Act 9:31 KJV - Then had the churches eirene throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified ; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied .
  • Act 10:36 KJV - The word which [God] sent unto the children of Israel, preaching eirene by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
  • Act 12:20 KJV - And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend , desired eirene; because their country was nourished by the king's [country].
  • Act 15:33 KJV - And after they had tarried [there] a space, they were let go in eirene from the brethren unto the apostles.
  • Act 16:36 KJV - And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go : now therefore depart , and go in eirene.
  • Act 24:2 KJV - And when he was called forth , Tertullus began to accuse [him], saying , Seeing that by thee we enjoy great eirene, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,
  • Rom 1:7 KJV - To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called [to be] saints: Grace to you and eirene from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Rom 2:10 KJV - But glory, honour, and eirene, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
  • Rom 3:17 KJV - And the way of eirene have they not known :
  • Rom 5:1 KJV - Therefore being justified by faith, we have eirene with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
  • Rom 8:6 KJV - For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and eirene.
  • Rom 10:15 KJV - And how shall they preach , except they be sent ? as it is written , How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of eirene, and bring glad tidings of good things!
  • Rom 14:17 KJV - For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and eirene, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
  • Rom 14:19 KJV - Let us therefore follow after the things which make for eirene, and things wherewith one may edify another.
  • Rom 15:13 KJV - Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and eirene in believing , that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
  • Rom 15:33 KJV - Now the God of eirene [be] with you all. Amen.
  • Rom 16:20 KJV - And the God of eirene shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you. Amen.
  • 1Cr 1:3 KJV - Grace [be] unto you, and eirene, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 1Cr 7:15 KJV - But if the unbelieving depart , let him depart . A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such [cases]: but God hath called us to eirene.
  • 1Cr 14:33 KJV - For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of eirene, as in all churches of the saints.
  • 1Cr 16:11 KJV - Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in eirene, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.
  • 2Cr 1:2 KJV - Grace [be] to you and eirene from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 2Cr 13:11 KJV - Finally, brethren, farewell . Be perfect , be of good comfort , be of one mind , live in peace ; and the God of love and eirene shall be with you.
  • Gal 1:3 KJV - Grace [be] to you and eirene from God the Father, and [from] our Lord Jesus Christ,
  • Gal 5:22 KJV - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, eirene, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
  • Gal 6:16 KJV - And as many as walk according to this rule, eirene [be] on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
  • Eph 1:2 KJV - Grace [be] to you, and eirene, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Eph 2:14 KJV - For he is our eirene, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];
  • Eph 2:15 KJV - Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making eirene;
  • Eph 2:17 KJV - And came and preached eirene to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
  • Eph 4:3 KJV - Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of eirene.
  • Eph 6:15 KJV - And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of eirene;
  • Eph 6:23 KJV - Eirene [be] to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Phl 1:2 KJV - Grace [be] unto you, and eirene, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Phl 4:7 KJV - And the eirene of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
  • Phl 4:9 KJV - Those things, which ye have both learned , and received , and heard , and seen in me, do : and the God of eirene shall be with you.
  • Col 1:2 KJV - To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace [be] unto you, and eirene, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Col 3:15 KJV - And let the eirene of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
  • 1Th 1:1 KJV - Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians [which is] in God the Father and [in] the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace [be] unto you, and eirene, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 1Th 5:3 KJV - For when they shall say , Eirene and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child ; and they shall not escape .
  • 1Th 5:23 KJV - And the very God of eirene sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 2Th 1:2 KJV - Grace unto you, and eirene, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 2Th 3:16 KJV - Now the Lord of eirene himself give you eirene always by all means. The Lord [be] with you all.
  • 1Ti 1:2 KJV - Unto Timothy, [my] own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, [and] eirene, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • 2Ti 1:2 KJV - To Timothy, [my] dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, [and] eirene, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • 2Ti 2:22 KJV - Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, eirene, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
  • Tts 1:4 KJV - To Titus, [mine] own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, [and] eirene, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
  • Phm 1:3 KJV - Grace to you, and eirene, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Hbr 7:2 KJV - To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is , King of eirene;
  • Hbr 11:31 KJV - By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not , when she had received the spies with eirene.
  • Hbr 12:14 KJV - Follow eirene with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
  • Hbr 13:20 KJV - Now the God of eirene, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
  • Jam 2:16 KJV - And one of you say unto them, Depart in eirene, be [ye] warmed and filled ; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what [doth it] profit?
  • Jam 3:18 KJV - And the fruit of righteousness is sown in eirene of them that make eirene.
  • 1Pe 1:2 KJV - Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and eirene, be multiplied .
  • 1Pe 3:11 KJV - Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek eirene, and ensue it.
  • 1Pe 5:14 KJV - Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Eirene [be] with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
  • 2Pe 1:2 KJV - Grace and eirene be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
  • 2Pe 3:14 KJV - Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in eirene, without spot, and blameless.
  • 2Jo 1:3 KJV - Grace be with you, mercy, [and] eirene, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
  • 3Jo 1:14 KJV - But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Eirene [be] to thee. [Our] friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.
  • Jud 1:2 KJV - Mercy unto you, and eirene, and love, be multiplied .
  • Rev 1:4 KJV - John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace [be] unto you, and eirene, from him which is , and which was , and which is to come ; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
  • Rev 6:4 KJV - And there went out another horse [that was] red: and [power] was given to him that sat thereon to take eirene from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

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