The Peace of Christ

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

Have you ever been out at sea during a storm?  Those who have say it’s a very frightening experience!  The waves churn, the thunder rolls, the lightning flashes; yet a hundred feet beneath the surface of the water all is calm and serene.

The peace of Christ is like that.  It’s not the absence of difficulty and distress, but a deep calm in spite of the storms of life.

The night before Jesus went to the Cross, He gave His disciples the words of John 14:27.  He wasn’t saying all their circumstances would be calm and serene.  On the contrary, the disciples’ lives were about to be turned upside down!  However, Jesus told them that His peace was available to them to sustain them through their tears and trials.

Did you know that the Lord offers us that same peace?  He does!  However, it’s something that we must choose.  We can either follow our Lord’s command to “let not your heart be troubled,” or we an choose to embrace worry and fear.

All of us, as humans, experience times of anxiousness, fear, and turmoil because of difficult situations.  However, we don’t have to let those feelings dominate us.  Instead, we can choose the peace of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said in John 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”  The more we lean upon the Lord and put our trust in Him, the more of His peace we will receive.  When we truly understand how much He loves us and believe that He is sovereign and working all things out for our good (Romans 8:28), the greater our peace will become.  We will experience, as Paul said, “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

If you’re heart is troubled, surrender every fear and anxious thought into the hands of our loving and gracious Lord, and allow him to guard your heart with His peace.