Sunday, November 29, 2009
My Peace I Give
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 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 14:23-27, New King James Version)
My Peace I Give
I have read this Bible passage from John 14 many times, but I noticed something that I have not thought about before. Look at verse 23.
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
God makes His home with us! How amazing is that! God grants us peace, not the peace of the world, but His peace, and he comes and makes His home with us. As Christians, not only are we never alone, but we are never apart from God. Also, we are never in a position where we have to run to Him and get more peace because our circumstances become difficult. The peace of God is always with us!
We Christians often spend ourselves to the point of exertion just trying to fit in with this world. How futile! The things of this world are only temporal, and will not give us peace or happiness. Oh, it is nice to have things, and it is nice to be able to enjoy this life, but the things of this world are not the source of peace.
Do we live as though God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are living with us? Is our religion just a Sunday, look good in the eyes of the pastor, type of religion, or is it a moment by moment relationship with Christ, seeking, by His grace, to please Him in everything we do, no matter where we are?
These are good questions for us to ponder. We must all ask, when God says, "My peace I give you;" is He talking about me?
God Bless You,