Bible Reading: John 14:25-31; Philippians 4:7
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give” [John 14:27 NLT].
“Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge]” [John 14:27 Amp. Bible]
Jesus promised to His disciples the gift of peace. He didn’t promise an easy life without problems but He did promise peace! He is perfectly able to give us this amazing gift that can keep us calm in every circumstance, because, according to Isaiah, He is the Prince of Peace [Isaiah 9:6]. The peace that Jesus gives both guards and protects us. Paul wrote, “The peace of God that passes all understanding shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”
This peace that Jesus promised has to be received as a gift. It is available but up to us to receive it. It is totally different to the peace that the world can give. Jesus said, “My peace I give you.” It is far more than the absence of strife, and is not dependent upon our circumstances or the situations that we find ourselves in. The Greek word for peace is eirẽnẽ and is used for the calmness that a nation enjoys when it has a caring, competent and secure leader. To have this kind of peace originates from the understanding that your life is truly safe and secure in the hands of a loving God.
One of the great hymns of the Christian Faith is “When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,” written in 1873 by Horatio Spafford. In 1871 Spafford’s four-year old son died of scarlet fever, and in 1873 Spafford and his family decided to take a holiday in England. Because of business commitments Spafford sent his wife and daughters ahead and he planned to follow later. His wife and daughters sailed on the steamship Ville du Havre but it was struck whilst in the Atlantic, by an iron sailing vessel, and 226 passengers died. They included Spafford’s four daughters. When his wife reached England she sent her husband a telegram that began with the words “Saved Alone”. Spafford immediately sailed for England, and passed the location of his daughter’ deaths during the journey. It was at that time that he wrote the hymn, “When peace like a river.” This kind of peace is supernatural, will totally transform your life, and is available today!
What are the things that disturb your peace? Would you give those things to Jesus today, and allow His peace to calm, fill and control your life?
In what ways does the peace that Jesus gives differ from what the world understands about peace?
Are you assured in your heart today that your life and future are safe and secure in the hands of a loving God and that He works all that happens in your life for your good? What difference should this make to your life?