“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
I can still here my Mom as she would plead with me, “can I just have a little peace please”? When it comes down to it isn’t that what we all want? Having gone thru the “Passion” week and Resurrection Day I can’t help but think about the turmoil that Jesus subjected Himself to. “Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men” Philippians 2:6,7.
Jesus is explaining to His disciples in John 14 that He must leave so the Holy Spirit can come. The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to empower us to be overcomers. As if salvation isn’t enough God gives us His Holy Spirit to “Comfort” and give us what we can’t do on our own.
One of the things that the Holy Spirit is teaching me is there is a formula to having peace and He is able to bring it with my cooperation. I know that there is nothing we can do apart from God but I do believe we can hinder the work that God desires to do in and thru us, we must cooperate.
I’ve been reading a book called The Peace Maker. The author Ken Sande does a good job pointing out the importance of what is said in Romans 12 verse 18, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men”. Ken goes on to say “There are three dimensions to the peace that God offers to us through Christ; peace with God, peace with others and peace within ourselves.
There are over 100 “one another’s” in the New Testament. Jesus spent a lot of time teaching the importance of unity. The enemy spends a lot of time creating division. “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me” John 17:20,21.
Peace with God, accepting the atoning sacrifice unto salvation, peace with each other, loving one another as Jesus loves us and peace with ourselves, putting our trust in the finished work of the Cross cannot be separated in order to have true peace. “If it is possible” is what we have to make sure we seek out and pursue with each other.
Will you join me as I pray that God will give us the strength to “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” Hebrews 12:14. I have to believe true peace will come when we “see the Lord” and others see Jesus in us. Amen!
Think About This: Lord Jesus, you embraced your cross to redeem the world. Help me to embrace the crosses in my life — the hardships, struggles, disappointments, pain. Only by recognizing my own weakness, can I discover your strength.Author Unknown
Verses to Memorize: Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:12-13