“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.” Francis of Assisi
At the time of writing this, major terrorist attacks have been flooding our news headlines, North Korea is aiming their aggression towards the United States, the Democratic Party of the United States is at odds with the President, and the list could go on. Jesus would warn His disciples that there are things in this world that would go on to cause them to be in fear. Jesus would respond with a gift;
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
John 14:27 NLT
I love this version of John 14:27. It shows the humanity of Christ knowing that His disciples were concerned and worried about the future. However, Jesus puts those fears and worries to rest.
- A peace that is not conditional. The peace that the world offers is this – if you will, I will. When two countries sign a peace treaty, they have conditions that apply in order for the peace to continue. There’s a contingency clause that tells them that they must do the following in order for there to be peace. God’s peace does not come with those conditions.
- A peace that is not based upon your beliefs. The peace that the world offers is this- if you are a certain sect or belief system, we will give you peace. If you believe the same way we do, we will not wage war or wage conflict upon you. However, if you believe otherwise, you will be attacked and you will be considered the enemy.
- A peace that is not transactional. The peace that the world offers is if you pay us enough in money, in services, in whatever it takes transaction wise, we will give you peace. God’s peace is a free gift that does not come with a bill at the end. It was paid for.
Jesus would follow this gift with reassurance which was that they don’t have to worry. As these things happen in our lives whether they are with friends, family, co-workers, and people we don’t know, we can walk in that peace and know that we don’t have to be afraid. Thankfully, God’s peace comes with that assurance guaranteed. When we see the things in life that happen around us, we can trust Him to bring recompense for it.
I am not discounting the horrible tragedies around the world and at home. What I am saying is that we can find solace to know that He has the key to peace that passes all understanding.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.