Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Peace, Perfect Peace

By Edd Sterchi

    On the night of His betrayal, Jesus made the following statement: “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 14:27). Those beautiful words of comfort to Jesus’ apostles should hold great meaning for us today, as well.
    The world claims to give men some peace. As a result, over the centuries, men have tried many things in and of themselves to find internal peace – transcendental meditation, yoga, philosophy, pleasure, and hot tea, just to name a few. But none of those can give true, lasting satisfaction, comfort, and peace of soul and mind.
    The peace that the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6) gives is real and enduring (Ezek. 37:26). It meets all the needs of our souls. And He left this peace with us in the form of the Gospel (Eph. 6:15). The word of God will never let us down. Reading it should continually soothe us and bring great tranquility to our lives.
    As we read more of God’s will, more “peace of mind” should come. As we righteously live what we have learned, we can be assured that we can continually “keep the peace” that Christ desires us to have in our lives (Jas. 3:18). As we tell others about the truth of the gospel of peace (Rom. 10:15), we help to spread the good news about the peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7).
    Jesus left His peace with us. Let’s not let it go to waste. Let’s claim our piece of Jesus’ peace and be “at peace” forevermore. “Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Pet. 5:14)

- Edd Sterchi preaches for the Broadway Church of Christ in Campbellsville, KY. He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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