Finding Freedom on the Inside

Weekly Devotional

Peace on Earth

 

 

“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

 

To those who have experienced the Peace of Christ, a verse like this is a great reminder of “the something” that is beyond words.  To those who are not familiar with Jesus’ Peace, this verse sounds like nonsense or maybe something that could be experienced for a moment but then the reality of life takes over and it is gone. 

 

Peace to some is the removal of struggle or the elimination of conflict, which sounds good but as a definition, falls short.  Peace is not something that increases when the struggles around us decrease.  Rather, true peace is the life-giving presence of Christ in our hearts and affecting how we respond to all of the struggles of life. 

 

In the Old Testament, peace was considered to be the harmony between two covenant partners who were both committed to the success of the covenant (Shalom).  In the New Testament, this peace is recognized as God’s gift in Christ – who ensures that our part of the covenant with God is to be faithful, seeking to live for God in all things and growing to maturity in Christ. 

 

The peace that Christ leaves with us is the unending hope of his promises kept and Christ’s future coming to bring together all who are living by faith and take them to eternity in God’s full presence.   On earth, our peace is going to be partial but holding on to the hope of Christ can bring us inner peace, even in the most difficult situations. 

 

May His Peace be with you this Christmas and all throughout the year.

 

- Pastor Rick