Monday Morning Encouragement -- Lasting Peace

"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." John 14:27

Our world often speaks of peace. And no wonder, as we can't turn on the news without hearing about wars and rumors of wars. There are as many views on how to achieve world peace as there are commentators. 

The Bible speaks of peace, too:

Peace with God - that's the peace between man and God. "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ," (Romans 5:1)

Peace of God - the peace that we can have internally. "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 14:27)

Peace with others - this is peace we can experience when we have the first two: peace with God and the peace of God. "So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another." (Romans 14:19)

Aren't these three forms of peace the kind we really desire? It begins with a relationship with Jesus Christ. When we confess our sins and give ourselves to Him, we are reconciled with God; no longer under condemnation (Romans 8:1). He then gives us the Holy Spirit to indwell us and give us the internal peace that we need to face life's trials and disappointments. Finally, He teaches us how to have peace with others -- even when they are anything but peacemakers themselves. 

Even in the midst of turmoil, there can be peace on earth. Not as the world gives, but as Christ gives. That's lasting peace.

Today's music video Benediction (May the Peace of God) by Keith and Kristyn Getty is a declaration of the Source of our true peace.

I love you, I'm thinking of you, and I'm praying for you.


  1. This is the peace that I want for my earthly life. Things are falling into place in the world, and I believe our only hope (and peace) is that which comes from having a relationship with Jesus. Knowing that God is in complete control is how I maintain peace in my daily life. (I stopped watching/listening to the news. If something big happens, someone will let me know! That has brought me much calmer life.)

  2. The best peace! Beautiful song too.

  3. Peace is such an easy thing to have I think we just make it so hard to have in our lives sometimes. You know the saying give it to God and find peace in your heart is the first and best way to find peace in your own life. Hope you had a nice Mother's Day Nancy. Have a good week. Hugs. Kris

  4. Our world will never have peace until Jesus returns. Our lives will have peace when we have a relationship with Jesus Christ and trust Him with it every single minute.

  5. John 14:27 is one of my favorite verses. Gods Peace. It's really the only true peace there is. The peace in knowing that no matter what else happens, you are secure in God's love and protection. The entire world needs to know His peace.

  6. How I praise the Lord for His peace right in the midst of this crazy, upside down, tumultuous world! He is our only hope. I trust you are doing well, sweet friend.


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