“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
As Jesus is getting ready for His death on the cross He tells the disciples that He is giving them His peace. This peace would be something different from the peace the world gives.
People are always talking about wanting peace. The most common thought in this is with the absence of wars between two nations. This can also be the absence of differences of conflict between two people or groups inside of one nation.
While this type of peace is great, that is not what Jesus is looking at when He gives His peace. In the next few years of the lives of each of these disciples they would be in the battle of their lives. This battle will actually claim most of their lives. On the outside there will be no real peace.
Jesus had said that there will be trouble in your life. You will also be in a battle against spiritual forces that war against God. According to the definition of peace that the world gives, this would mean there is no peace.
The peace that Jesus gives you transcends all troubles and war. It is an inner peace, regardless of the outside circumstances.
This peace is the knowing that God is in control. It is knowing that Jesus will win in the end. It is knowing that if you are with Jesus you will win in the end.
It is knowing that you do not have to be worried about how bad things appear to be. You do not have to be afraid of what the world can do to you.
These things are true, no matter how bad the situation is in your life. In America, most people are not threatened with their life for their belief in Jesus. However, many are ridiculed for their belief. The enemy battles against them with many types of struggles. These struggles can seem huge, but remember that God is bigger than all those struggles. God is in control of all those struggles.
Accept the peace that Jesus gives you. Let His peace calm your heart and soul.
I pray today that Jesus will fill you with His peace; that you will allow the peace of Jesus to be in you; that you will trust Jesus in every situation; and that you will not be afraid or troubled about anything.