Posted: 23 Oct 2016 10:00 PM PDT
In John 14, Jesus ends with the words “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
As we live in our sonship (which I believe is the true expression of Christianity) we will step into and live in peace. A peace that is not defined by worldly standards or conditions but an inner peace, which is a gift. Peace is the fruit of the Holy Spirit living within us, it is a seed that is planted and which grows within us. The peace Jesus is talking about is not something we can drum up or create by ensuring all our external circumstances are in good order.
His peace restores our soul, it strengthens and refreshes us. Psalm 23 is psalm of peace. Despite all the turmoil around us he provides a place of peace and security where we can be at home. There is safety, refuge, provision and comfort for us when we find our home in him.
When we are at peace we are content. This is not just contentment on the surface it is deep within our hearts. It is a contentment which will start to govern our whole personality as it becomes the hallmark of our life. Paul writes that peace will rule in our hearts (Colossians 3:15) and that the Father’s peace will guard our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7). Peace, though gentle, is a powerful force that really can and will change us.
The Father wants us to live in peace. His love and care for us is expressed through this gift of peace that enables us to walk as Jesus walked. Peace, like comfort, sets our hearts free and leads us further along the path of love knowing we have come home to the Father.
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(An extract from chapter 6)
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