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"Real Peace is a Person"

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"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

John 14:27


I enjoy studying the Greek language as it is so unlike our English language. The Greek language is very specific, the words have specific meaning and not general definitions as we find in modern English. As an example consider in John 14 where Jesus says, "My Peace" I give to you, a peace that the world knows not of." The Greek word for peace in John is not the common definition of peace. 

The peace Jesus is speaking of is not due to the absence of something or someone in our lives. Many times in the world we think of peace as the absence of something. if we could just get out of a situation or a circumstance we would then find peace. We tend to think of peace as being the absence of something or even someone. That is temporal or situational peace but it is far from the peace Jesus spoke of. What Jesus desires for you and me, friend is lasting peace.

Jesus was offering us so much more when He offers to us His peace and what that means is that Jesus promised us something far better than the removal of a situation or circumstance from our lives. The peace Jesus offers us is not the absence of something but rather, a an addition of something, a presence, a someone. Like I said, in the world we become aware of peace by the absence of something but in the Lord we discover peace through a presence of someone, the very presence of God regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in.

I don't know what circumstances you may or may not be facing today, loved one, but what I do know is that true peace is not found in its removal but rather true peace is found in the Lord being in the midst of what you are going through, knowing you are not alone regardless of what you might be feeling or experiencing today. No matter what, know today that God's peace can be yours today. All we need to do to experience God's peace is to invite His presence into our situation and to know we don't need to go through anything alone.

As I was listening to one of my favorite songs by the musical group Kutless as I rode my bike along the bike path west of town I was once again reminded of God's faithfulness to me and the peace that He provides me with His presence. Peace I was reminded as I listened to the song is not situational or circumstantial, its relational. God promised me and He is promising you that He will never walk away from us and we do well to not walk away from Him. Read the words to the song today and see if you can see what I have come to enjoy. The song goes like this,

I have fallen to my knees
As I sing a lullaby of pain
I'm feeling broken in my melody
As I sing to help the tears go away

Then I remember the pledge you made to me

[CHORUS:]
I know you're always there
To hear my every prayer inside
I'm clinging to the promise of a lifetime
I hear the words you say
To never walk away from me and leave behind
The promise of a lifetime

Will you help me fall apart
Pick me up, take me in your arms
Find my way back from the storm
And you show me how to grow
Through the change

I still remember the pledge you made to me

[BRIDGE:]
I am holding on to the hope I have inside
With you I will stay through every day
Putting my understanding aside

And I am comforted

Looking back at me I know that you can see my heart is open to the promise of a lifetime. (song ends)

I don't know about you, I only know about me and what I have come to appreciate about this song is that I am reminded each and every time I hear it is that God will never walk away from me. Time does nothing to diminish His love for me as He promised that He would be there for me no matter what, through the thick and thin, even if at times my life is much more thin than thick. His love and commitment to me (and you) is not situational or circumstantial, its based upon a promise that was made and that brings me tremendous peace and comfort and I pray it brings you the same thing today too.

I like these quotes I read this past week as I was studying the topic of peace. One of my favorite finds said, "Safety consists not in the absence of danger but in the presence of God." Another one said, "Peace is not the absence of conflict; it's the absence of inner conflict." Yes, loved one, when we are at peace with God we will naturally experience the peace of God. Wherever God is, His peace is present too. My favorite thought regarding the peace of God was in the following quote that said, "God doesn't always still the storm, but He can calm the sailor." Oh how I pray that you know that today, loved one. God might and then again, He might not change your situation or circumstance but He doesn't need too because He promised something better, something more. He promised to change me and you.

Life is full of storms but God is there with you and for you, right at your side to help navigate your way safely to shore. Yes, God is more than capable of rebuking the winds and calming the seas of our struggles but the greatest work He does in our lives is when He calms the storms that rage within us. Peace, "My peace" Jesus said is what He has left for me and you. Peace is God's gift to us to be received when we let go of our worries and the fears and hold on to the one who desires to hold onto us. Yes, loved one, peace is found in His presence not His absence, not in our circumstances but in a person, in Jesus Christ. Cast all your cares upon Him today knowing He cares about you!


"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:6-7

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