"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." (Joh.14:27).
Our Lord left us peace. He gave it to us as a gift - a peace that is His peace - not the temporary, shallow, unreliable 'peace' that the world offers. Indeed, not only is it His peace, it is He Himself in the person of the Holy Spirit who is in us to unite us with Christ. “For He Himself is our peace …”.
What is this peace? It is nothing less than oneness with Christ – remaining in His love; keeping our eyes on him; trusting him unswervingly; walking with Him to the exclusion of all else and all others.
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
In stark contrast Christ’s peace, the world is the environment that generates suffering in the lives of the saints. But our Lord has left us His word (His thoughts and instructions and that of the Father) so that we might know Him, who is our peace. And we can have absolute assurance because He has conquered the world!
Peace is the right of every child of God. We need not plead for it – we already have it if we would by the Spirit be one with Jesus in our every thought; thought by thought by thought. This is peace – a natural fruit of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is…peace…”. Many in the world are seeking ‘peace of mind’. We who are in Christ have it now - “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
Our peace is as full and as satisfying and as never-ending and as present as Christ is, and His promise to the one who would fully and unwaveringly trust Him is this: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You."
“Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.”
Beware the Thief who “…does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” He comes to steal our peace, kill our faith, and to destroy our fellowship with the Lord. We must not “…give place to the devil.”, “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
The absence of peace in the heart of a child of God is evidence of broken fellowship with the Master – “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” And remember that “He Himself is our peace.”
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
Loss of peace is therefore like an early warning system that alerts us to the fact that we have disconnected ourselves from our Lord - the Vine. Whenever this happens, we ought to instantly rectify the situation by swift repentance and return to the intimacy of fellowship (and therefore peace) that is the right of every saint.
Apart from the obvious, the danger of a believer’s heart without God’s peace is that it produces a mind that is double (and therefore unstable) in its outlook, confused in its perspective and at the susceptible to the influence of the flesh, the world and the devil. It is a perilous place to be in.
Sadly, it is possible for a child of God to grow somewhat accustomed to this lack of peace. It is a state well known to the unbeliever, and if our fellowship is with them and with the world we may feel sufficiently “normal” to carry on in this way for some time. But with each spurned opportunity to repent the heart grows harder until the Lord in love has to intervene in chastisement.
If we would but walk in the Spirit we would know our Lord’s presence with us “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Eph.2:14; Joh.16:33; Gal.5:22; Rom.8:6; Isa.26:3; Psa.119:165; Eph.4:27; 2Cor.2:11; Col.3:15; 1Cor.1:9; Joh.15:5; Psa.29:11; Php.4:7