I want to reveal “the fruit of Peace” at another angle; a thorn in your side. Not the peace aspect, nevertheless, we all have a relationship a certain person, perhaps a blood relative or coworker, maybe even a fellow church member moreover a neighbor. For whatever reason you may know or you may not know but this particular person bothers you. They tend to get under your skin; push your buttons, disturb your aura, irritate you… bothers you. You may not want to see this point but God has purposely put such a person as this within your life. Yes, this too is part of God’s plan. It is through this particular relationship that God is grooming you to see as His son. Consider the reality that Jesus had likewise thorns or relationships which bothered Him. He still loved them. And these relationships did not hinder Him from being kind, generous, compassionate, encouraging and simply at peace with Himself as well as others.
It is also true that this peace did not last forever for these infectious relationships which grew throughout Jesus life and remain threatening as enemies. As Jesus died on the cross, through His last breath, He was still a peace within Himself and see it justified to find forgiveness for these people who were represented as His enemies; thus, thorns. Vengeful is mine said the Lord. (Reflection Hebrew 12:14/ Roman 12:18)
God is love. Without the ability to see goodness and peace within our fellow man we cannot see our Lord. The ability for us to make peace among our surrounding is a fruit; a gift from the Holy Spirit, a merit in character, a treasure. It allows us to be holy in our likeness of God. This brings our Heavenly Father pleasure. Therefore it reflects how we should try to live our lives… at peace with one another- outer peace brings holiness, inner peace brings salvation.