READ: John 15:27
God’s will and desire is that you live in peace. Colossians 3:15 says, “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.”When God makes a declaration on how we are to live, His grace equips us to follow and obey. God has made it possible to let His peace lead us, guide us, and fill our hearts. God will never command us to do something without enabling us to do it by His presence and power. By His grace, it is possible to experience peace on a daily basis.
Consider this: Jesus was just hours before getting arrested and placed into the hands of those who would betray Him and crucify Him, yet Jesus had peace. Jesus loved His disciples, including you, so much so that even in the midst of what was to come, He made sure that He would encourage and assure His followers with real, life-changing peace.
In John 8 and 10, Jesus refers to the devil as a liar and a thief. This certainly holds true today. Many feel the effects of his lies that keep them from experiencing peace each day. It is unfortunate that many do not have peace; it has been stolen from them. Instead, people live with continual worry, anxiousness, insecurity, confusion, and uncertainty. Perhaps you feel that the devil has stolen your peace. But the good news is that the peace of God is not dependent on your circumstances.
You may be thinking: “You don’t understand what hurt I’m experiencing. My situation is beyond frustrating and challenging. I feel overwhelmed and carry too many burdens.” There is no doubt about it.
Life can be painful and hard. In fact, Jesus agrees. In John 16:33 Jesus said, “In this world, you will experience trouble.”Jesus was fully God and fully man. As man, He has experienced the things that can cause us to lose peace. He understands what trouble, hardships, and trials are all about.
Yet as God, peace remained. Jesus continues in John 16:33 by saying, “Be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.”In other words, you will experience the hard times in this imperfect world, but be encouraged, Christ is your peace. Nothing is greater than God. Life changes, circumstances change, people change, seasons change, but Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
True peace comes and remains by knowing and trusting Jesus. Peace with God is the first step to the peace of God. Peace with God comes by accepting Christ by faith as your Lord and Savior. As you grow to know Christ more and more and get close to your Savior, you will begin to trust him more and more. You cannot have peace without trust, and trust comes by knowing. When you know Jesus, you know His peace. John 14:27 says, “My peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled nor let it be afraid.”Did you get that? The peace that Jesus had and experienced in this world is yours.
His peace does not fade away, but you can allow your heart to be troubled (John 14:27). Instead of allowing your heart to be troubled and worried, allow the peace of God, to rule in your heart (Colossians 3:15). The devil cannot steal from you what you do not allow. If the devil did not give it, he cannot take it away. Rather, Jesus is your peace; He is there to remain in you (Ephesians 2:14).
Receive the peace of Jesus freely today. Get to know Him. You will begin to trust Him and peace will flow in your heart and will flow out of your heart, no matter what comes your way. It is only in Jesus, the Prince of Peace, that genuine peace is possible and so powerful.