My Peace

23 Mar

My Peace  –  John 14:27   “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.”     

There is a leading theme in Scripture, that theme is the idea of peace. Those who study, teach and write about the Bible say there are more then 400 direct references to “peace” in the Bible. Just reading the Bible from beginning to end, you’ll find in the first book Genesis it opens with peace in the Garden, (there was right relationship with God and mankind), to the last book Revelation ends with peace in Eternity. God made a way for our sins to be forgiven by acknowledging our sins and by repentance, and trust in what Jesus Christ did at the cross (1Cor. 15:3,4) to bring reconciliation between man and God. Those who trust in Christ can have peace in their hearts because they put their faith in Him.

As Christians we worship a God who represents, and is called a God of Peace. ( 2 Cor. 13:11, Hebrews 13:20, Phil. 4:9, Rom. 15:33).

The instructions and applications of ‘peace’ in the bible are numerous, addressing every situation in life, relationships, economic, and of world affairs. At the heart of it’s meaning–’Peace’ means harmony. It is the presence and experience of right relationship. Yet we live in a world that is filled with anything but peace.

Most people want peace, and pray for peace, but somehow peace eludes our everyday lives and existence. One may wonder, with so much biblical instruction from God, why is there so little peace in our world. It’s no big stretch of the imagination that good and evil exist, and evil exists because of sin, and a battle is raging on. But, Someday the Prince of Peace will come and peace will reign for His people. But right now, the reasons for why there is no peace is simply this: 1. The opposition of Satan, and 2. The disobedience of man, so peace does not characterize this world. The fall of angels and the fall of man are the reasons why we have no peace in this world.

What happened to the peace on earth occurred in the beginning as told in Scripture from Genesis when man sinned, the thoughts and behavior were contrary to the glory and character of God, and God’s command was transgressed against (Gen. 2:16,17), and fellowship with God was then broken. (Gen 3:1, 3:12,13).

It is through the cross of Christ that God has provided a way for forgiveness for our sins (Isaiah 53:5,6; 1 Cor. 15:3,4), and our fellowship with God can be restored. It is because of what Christ has done for us. It can not be earned, and does not come from ourselves, but is a gift of God. Eph. 2:8,9. It is by Grace we are saved, (God’s unmerited favor) that we have peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. This produces grateful hearts and thankfulness. Christ is the mediator of a new covenant (Heb. 9:15). God gives us peace of mind and hearts. We respond in obedience to God, and seek for righteousness. Peace comes from knowing God is in control.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! “  Isaiah 24:3

My Peace –

My Peace I give unto you

It’s a peace that the world cannot give

It’s a peace that the world cannot understand

Peace to know, Peace to live,

My Peace I give unto you.

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