“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” (John 14:27).
Isn’t it wonderful that Jesus promised us His peace? The Bible gives us many promises of His peace throughout scripture, such as Peace with God, Peace from God, and Peace of God. It is clear to see that only real peace comes from God.
In John 14:27, Jesus is speaking to His disciples. God’s peace only comes to us when we have experienced salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you at peace with God? Can you remember a time when you trusted Christ for your salvation? If you are saved, you have peace with God. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ we become a new creation, and God changes us by giving us a new nature. After salvation, Jesus can present us holy and blameless before His Father. Not only do we obtain peace with God the moment we are saved, but we also become members of God’s family. In Romans 5:1 it says, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Bible also teaches that God’s peace is only from God—it does not come from anyone or anywhere else. Jesus said in John 14:27 that His peace does not come from the world. Some people are searching for peace in things, but they will never find peace apart from God. In Romans 1:7 Paul writes, “To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” Not only are believers loved by God, called saints, have God’s and His Son Jesus Christ’s grace and peace, but we as believers can also call God our Father! And, we have the Holy Spirit—we are sealed unto the day of redemption, we are part of God’s family, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, just to mention a few.
No matter what happens in our lives, God is always there to listen to us, help us, keep us, and support us. When trials and struggles come into our lives, God has made His peace available to us. We never have to face any situation alone. The scripture says that every believer has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
In Philippians 4:7 it says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” One very important thing to always remember is that God’s peace is only of God. Our Heavenly Father is the source of peace. As a believer, we cannot live in sin or rebel against God’s commands and experience the peace of God.
Has there ever been a time in your life that God has given you His peace—a peace that you could not explain or understand? Even when a believer is facing a financial crisis, a serious illness, the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, or any other devastating time in his or her life, God is able to offer us His peace. If you are facing a difficult situation, remember that God wants to help you. Simply cry out to Him and he will offer you His peace. “Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you”
(1 Peter 5:7). ~Gary Smith