Peace and Goodwill

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”John 14:27 (NASB)

In Makoto Fujimura’s Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture, he defines peace as “not simply an absence of war but a thriving of our lives.” His thought aligns with Jesus’ offering of peace; the gift Jesus gives has nothing to do with an absence of conflict but a sense of surety and wholeness in the midst of it.

We sometimes forget that idea, the same as Jesus’ disciples did. They expected Jesus to create peace with a show of force. Jesus didn’t. He brought peace to individual hearts and homes as he went about healing and teaching. Jesus gave order to the everyday chaos of life.

It is the peace he still gives. His peace steadies us as we work in the fields or an office, as we encounter personal or public suffering. We receive Jesus’ peace and, in receiving it, we discover Paul’s secret to contentment (Philippians 4:11-13). Paul didn’t experience peace because of something he did but because of whom he trusted: Jesus, the Prince of Peace, who gives us an abiding peace that keeps us whole even as things come together or shatter apart.

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