DAY 124 OF 365 IN 2021
John 14:27 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.
The societal definition of peace contains words such as tranquillity, harmony and concord. Even highlighted to a greater degree is ‘the absence of hostility, violence or conflict’. If this was the true and only valid definition of peace, then the disciples of Jesus never had any. For they were constantly persecuted, beaten and attacked. There was always an expression of open hostility and violence towards them.
So we will return to the words of Jesus and understand why he uses the statement ‘my peace’ and emphasises ‘peace, not as the world gives do I give you’. For by virtue of the worlds standards, peace should have led to paths laden with rose petals, bar all the thorns. It would have suggested no mountains or hurdles, no obstacles or challenges, no hostility – just absolute concord.
But those appear to be scarce on the full Christian walk with God. Instead, there is persecution and the path to thread on, is laid not with petals, but rose branches with thorns. Yet, Jesus has left us peace. That peace is what grants stillness of heart and provides calm even when placed in the eye of a storm. It is this peace which transcends understanding and reason and allowed men to come out dancing after being released from jail for spreading the good news.
Such people, in the eyes of the world, did not have peace, but in the dictionary of God, no peace surpassed what they possess. Therefore, beloved, there is an additional element to society’s definition of peace, and that is the dimension only Jesus, the Prince of peace, brings. So for your consideration today, I ask you ‘do you have peace?’