Daily Word

Real Peace | John 14:27 (ESV)

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 

John 14:27 (ESV)

 “‘Peace (shalom) be with you,’ was (and is) the usual Jewish greeting when friends met and parted.” (Bruce in enduringword.com) But it is void of meaning – like “hello” and “goodbye”. Jesus is getting ready to depart – not just the meal, but the earth. He intends to give them a real greeting – of deeper peace. Worldly peace is good, but has no eternal value. His desire is that they have a lasting peace, real peace.

Worldly peace

According to Oxford Languages, peace is “1. freedom from disturbance; tranquility. 2. a state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended.” It’s typically seen as a lack of something: no disturbance, interference or conflict. Surely we can desire peace in this world, peace in our homes, jobs, relationships. But worldly peace is elusive and if you ever find it, you will also find that it’s transitory, it doesn’t last long. Humans are by nature sinful so there will always be strife, a lack of peace.

God’s peace

God’s peace is primarily the presence of something. Ultimately, it’s a restored relationship between man and God, between you and God. It is Immanuel, God with us and in us. What does it mean to have peace with God? We are all dead in our trespasses and sin (Ephesians 2:1), we are enemies of God (Romans 5:10), until we repent from our sins, our disobedient ways and believe Christ died for us and make a commitment to trust God. At that moment, we’re born again and receive peace; we’re no longer His enemies. Rather, quite the opposite, He adopts us as His children!

Ongoing peace

The peace of God comes at our conversion, when we’re born again. Yet it abides with us – even to eternity. How? “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philipians 4:6-7) We trust God. We make a decision to seek peace. Jesus tells His disciples here to choose to not let their hearts be troubled or afraid. Paul encouraged the Collisians to “Let the peace of Christ dwell in them richly” (Colossians 3:15). 

Worry and anxiety steal our peace. To be sure, worry displays a lack of faith and trust in God. This is an indication that we don’t really know Him. Worry is a reflection of lack of faith and, “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He proves to be One who rewards those who seek Him. ” (Hebrews 11:6 NASB). We were created to please Him.

RЯeflection

  • Take a look at the starry sky and these space pictures then consider who you are and who God is. Re-calibrate your perspective of God!
  • Are you habitually anxious? You need to confess and ask God to help you. Consider your trials and situation as a classroom to learn to trust. Thank God for them.
  • Click here if you haven’t yet found peace with God. 
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