His Peace Blesses Us
We are forgiven. God is creating in us a pure and a clean heart by granting us His peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Let’s take some time and meditate on God’s Word to see how powerful His peace can be.
This Peace Comes From God
. “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27).
. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
. “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!” (Isaiah 9:6-7).
No Surprises Here
Jesus is the Truth — Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
Jesus is Righteousness – “And this will be his name: ‘The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’ In that day Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety.” (Jeremiah 23:6)
Jesus is Peace – “Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
Christ’s Peace Is Different From the World’s Peace
“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, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27
(This is the link to the page where I found this chart: Paul J. Bucknell of Biblical Foundation for Freedom created this chart.)
An Example of This Difference
Sometimes we are told to go on a vacation and get our minds off of things. And the vacation can get our minds off of the things back home. However, the vacation will end and we must return home where nothing will have changed. We are left to deal with our life circumstances when we return.
With Christ, whether or not our current situation changes (taking a vacation or not) we can still have quietness in our souls. We don’t have to like what is happening but what is happening does not control us. His peace is what gives us the ability to think and make wise decisions.
As we know life is full of decisions – full of choices that we have to make. When we make them based on His peace they will be wiser. Even in the heat of our trials and pains.
Let’s take a look at the peace Christ gives us
.1. I am so thankful that I can trade my anxiety for Christ’s peace.
.. Philippians 4:6-9 — “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
.. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
.2. I am so thankful that I can trust God to take care of all my anxieties.
.. Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
.3. I am so thankful that I can let His peace rule my heart.
.. Colossians 3:12-17 — 12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
.4. I am so thankful for the fruit of the Spirit which includes His peace.
.. Galatians 5:22 — 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
(— Because the Holy Spirit is in you, you are able to live by faith, and not worry… no matter what happens. Because the Spirit empowers you to be faithful, to trust, to yield to the Lord’s will. — With the Spirit, you are able to trust God beyond your ability to know what will happen in your life.
.5. I am so thankful that with God’s help I can live at peace with others.
.. 1 Peter 3:8-12 — 8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tender-hearted, and keep a humble attitude. 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. 10 For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. 11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. 12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.”
God wants you and I to meditate on His word so we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). So let’s ask God to fill us with His peace and help us to think on whatever is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. To think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. And then grant us the ability to keep putting into practice all we have learned. Then His peace will be with us. (Philippians 4:8-9).
The Prayer of St Francis
What cares can you cast upon Jesus so you can benefit from His peace?
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