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It strikes me that many, many people in the world today are lacking peace. For some it is literal warfare that rages unchecked all around them. For others it is an internal peace that is missing because of errant behavior or pressures that press down like a cement block. We all experience a lack of peace – at least at times, don’t we?
Jesus said, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. – John 14:27 (ESV)
Ah, therein lies the rub, right? Jesus said he has given us peace and that peace is not like the world can give. If the peace Jesus gives is not better than that which comes from the world, who needs it, right? Yet so many Christians are devoid of peace, and perhaps that describes you. The peace Jesus gives to us through the Holy Spirit is more than we can ever imagine:
Peace means the cessation of all warfare, but it also means much more.
Peace means a feeling of inner well-being, but it also means much more.
Peace means an end to psychological tensions, but it also means much more.
Peace means halting interpersonal conflicts, but it also means much more.
Peace means the settling of silence on the soul, but it also means much more.
In Valyermo, California , the Benedictines converted a 400-acre ranch into a religious community called St. Andrew’s Priory. As you enter the grounds, you find that the land is posted: “No Hunting Except for Peace.”
The world is hunting desperately for peace. If you haven’t found peace, it may be because you are not seeking it from the Prince of Peace. You can’t help bring peace to the world unless you have first experienced it yourself. Hunt for it. Pray for it. Experience it. And then tell the world about what you’ve found.
PRAYER: Jesus, all of us need the peace you have promised us. We turn to you asking your peace to abound in our hearts and fill us when we are tempted to fear and not to trust. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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