May - 16 - Thursday

Peace 1 leave with you, my peace I give to you.
John 14:27

With these words the Lord Jesus Christ speaks of peace in two respects. When he told His disciples, “Peace I leave with you”, He meant “peace with God” (cf. Colossians 1, 20). This was brought about by His atoning death on the cross. God grants this peace to each one who turns to Him claiming the redemptive work of Christ for himself by faith.

The words, “My peace I give you”, signify the peace that He Himself enjoyed. Jesus knew this peace here on earth in His fellowship with God even in the greatest trials. Nothing could disturb His peace and His rest.

When we obtain peace with God through faith in Christ, our conscience finds rest. It no longer accuses us. But beyond that, Christ wishes that our hearts should enjoy His peace, finding rest in all the circumstances of life.

True believers should never forget to thank the Son of God for the love He showed towards us in suffering His atoning death. That cost Him His life. But He was victorious: He rose again. The peace that affords our conscience relief is unshakeable. Every believer can rest on that absolutely.

However, the redeemed should then trust that for Christ’s sake God will make “all things work together for good” (cf. Romans 8, 28 - 32) in all that they encounter on earth. This assurance of faith gives perfect peace in all life’s circumstances. It presupposes, however, that we truly lead our life with God, as Christ did, and sincerely acknowledge His guidance. Then Christ can grant us His peace, time and again.