The Gift of Peace
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” - John 14: 27 Next to salvation and eternal life, peace may be the greatest gift God gives us. When you are at peace, you are healthier, happier, able to think clearly.
Peace in Hebrew is shalom—a word very special to the Jewish people, loaded with profound meaning that Jesus clearly understood.
Shalom means more than the absence of stress or trouble. Shalom means peace, health, security, completeness, wholeness, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord, and prosperity in the best sense.
Not as the world gives, Jesus said.
The peace He imparts is based on a relationship, not resources, not negotiations and truces, nor human efforts to find “inner peace.”
To be in a right relationship with God is to be at peace. But Jesus did more than extend an invitation know God.
He died to make that happen.
He died to give us peace.
Sar SHALOM, the Prince of Peace, is one of the descriptive names the Bible uses to indicate the ministry and purpose of the Messiah (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus came, died, rose again, and lives today to give us peace.
In moments of anxiety, fatigue, heartache, and world-weariness, we pray for peace in our hearts and minds.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled,” Jesus said.
But that can be so hard, Lord, when there is so much that stirs up our hearts, from the daily news to our families and loved ones.
“Do not be afraid,” He exhorts us.
I can’t do that on my own. I may wish to not be afraid, but I need the assurance of the Lord to withstand the things that whisper in my mind and tell me there is indeed much to fear.
When you pray, know that peace is exactly what God wants to give you.
He sends the Holy Spirit to comfort and soothe our hearts and He gives us the strength to handle what makes us anxious and afraid.
He invites us to "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30) “Peace is such a precious jewel that I would give anything for it but the truth.” —Matthew Henry
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