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Monday, April 17, 2017

The Peace of Christ

Peace is defined as the absence of war and hostility, or as harmony among nations or groups of people. A look at the headlines or a glance at a TV news broadcast will tell you that peace is something that is not truly present in our world. Nations are at odds with each other, violence occurs on a daily basis, and terrorism has become a common word in our vocabulary. These are not peaceful times.

While we may never see true peace on earth until Jesus returns, through Jesus we can have peace in our own lives. Peace is also defined as tranquility. This is the kind of peace that Jesus gives. He is the Prince of Peace. The peace that He gives is a peace that goes far beyond our understanding. His peace has the power to guard our hearts and our minds. (Philippians 4:7)

The peace that comes from Jesus Christ is the kind of peace we all need and long for. It is the kind of peace that enables us to face the troubles of this world and not be afraid. This is the kind of peace that God intended for us to have when He created the world. But when sin entered the world, that peace was destroyed. That is why this peace cannot come from the world. It cannot come from money and success, and it cannot come from people.

But, because of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice, we can have this peace. In order to have the peace that He gives, we must abide in Him and He in us. When we are in Him, we will have peace and that peace will help us to face the trouble that comes from this world and not be afraid. He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Jesus has promised to give us the peace that the world cannot give, the peace that only He can give (John 14:27).

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