I don’t know such peace? Yet I know about Jesus. I really have no clue where to start. I know Jesus loves me, loves you, loves us all, else He wouldn’t have died for us. I now also know He left us His peace. For me it is all summed up in John 14:27 in the amplified version:
“27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]”
Peace. It is strange to think of such a thing in the peace-ridden world we live in today. We, however, have His own peace, different to that which the world gives. It is startling to think of what that actually means. It means we have the peace that removes all fear, peace that gives us strength and bravery in the sight of unsettling troubles. We have His peace, peace which allowed Him to push forward in the sight of trouble, not to become agitated and disturbed. It is an amazing thing to think this is available to us. I must be honest, and say I have yet to experience such peace, yet to experience a peace where I can stand not being disturbed by trouble which comes my way, a peace where I can stand fearlessly, courageously in front of that, which scares me to the deepest part of my being. This is why I say I don’t know such peace, but I do know Jesus.
Knowing Jesus, however, means this peace is available, I must just take hold of it, for one cannot receive a gift without actively taking it. So I guess this is the next step forward. Maybe some of you who have been on this journey of acquiring such peace could help me out here? I have always thought peace has to be an active thing, where we have to do something to keep it, I don’t know though, should we rather be still in knowledge that we have already received it?
I think the challenge for us all is to “Not let [our] hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” I find it interesting that it all comes down to the heart. For me this has been such a challenge of late. After hearing a word about how God desires what is in our hearts to come into fruition, His will for our lives, and how we actively need to start doing this, it seems I am just getting nowhere. I don’t know if God is just keeping the door shut, or if He is waiting for me to find the key to unlock it, or if I just need to push harder to open the door, which is jammed by some other obstacle, I don’t know. All I know is it has troubled my heart, and this should not be as I learned today. I guess this troubled heart has made me afraid, afraid to approach that which I need to face, afraid to push forward. Can anyone relate? So you will now understand, why when I read the above verse today, it spoke to the very inside of my being, to the heart.
Apart from today, God also showed me that at the root of peace is love. He showed me this at the start of the series. So in keeping with the series, I said I would show how peace comes from love. In simple, 1 Corinthians 13:5, says love “Is not easily angered” and from John 14:27, we know that peace involves us not being agitated, so at the root of peace is love. So when we accept Christ’s love for us, we should also accept His peace He has for us, so that the devil can’t keep us in fear, letting our hearts be troubled. We should decide to accept the peace, which has been given to us. I say should, as it is harder than it sounds, clearly demonstrated by the fact that God has had to teach me this today, many years after accepting Christ into my life.
So I am challenging myself with this today and know I am not qualified to speak on such peace as yet, but it is in God’s word, and that I know to be truth, so if it says that we have such peace, then indeed we must, and we must “Not let [our] hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Now a must, not should! So today, I start a new journey, and I hope you will too.
Here is to peace. “Lord, thank you for your gift of peace. I ask that you teach me to live in your peace, to guide me on this journey as I accept the peace you have given me. Help me to apply your lessons in my everyday life, to live in your peace, as I live to glorify your name. Amen”