The Gift of Peace
"Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me… Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John 14:1, 27, NASB)
In this passage, Jesus tells us how to live our life – by believing in, trusting in, and relying on Him. I am drawn to His words, “My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you.” Webster’s Dictionary defines “bequeath” as: means to hand down, pass on, or to dispose of properly through a last will.
Every Christian receives a priceless gift and inheritance from Jesus – the gift of peace. Not just any peace, but His peace. Jesus knew that within hours He would be seized, and after the mockery of a trial before the Priests, He would be turned over to Pilate, scourged to the point of death, and crucified on the cross. In the hours leading up to His crucifixion, we see Jesus’ ability to walk in peace regardless of the circumstances. Facing His accusers, Jesus remained silent, refused to be angry, resentful, or bitter. He kept His peace. On the cross, He forgave His tormentors and asked God to forgive them as well.
As I strive to become a Mighty Man of God, I’ve decided to receive Jesus’ gift of peace that He gave to me. I receive the “gift of peace” He handed down as an act of His love for me. It is mine. I own it. I’ve decided that Satan will not take it from me. Circumstances will not cause me to lay it down. As I rest in His peace, I will not be troubled, agitated, disturbed, fearful, intimidated, or unsettled no matter what. Yes, this is impossible for me to accomplish on my own, but with Christ in me, I can walk in peace at all times.
Child of God, have you accepted Jesus’ gift of peace? I encourage you to accept His gift and rest in His peace regardless of the turmoil, trials, or attacks going on around you. Decide today that you will not be agitated, disturbed, or fearful, and walk in His peace no matter what.
Lord, thank you for your Word and for this powerful lesson on peace. Jesus, I receive your gift of peace and choose to walk in it. I will not be agitated, disturbed, fearful, or unsettled no matter what. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.