John 14:27 – Peace I Give Unto You

John 14:27
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 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

-This is an important truth from Jesus as it introduces us to the fact that there is a peace offered by the world.  The more you learn about the Bible and its teaching, the more you learn that pure religion is to remain “unspotted from the world” (James 1:27) and that “the friendship of the world is enmity with God.” (James 4:4)  After all that, if we find some measure of peace and comfort in the world, it can lead us to question the truth of the Bible itself.  And so, lest we be deluded by our own perceptions, Jesus lets us know that there is a peace to be found in the world.  Don’t be surprised if you find it.  Don’t question God if you find it.  But Jesus also draws an important distinction- the peace that God gives is not like the peace that the world gives.  What’s the difference?  Well, any of us who have experienced the world’s peace knows that it is circumstantial.  It ebbs and flows depending on how things are going around us.  It’s fickle.  God, on the other hand, has a peace “which passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) – a “perfect peace”. (Isaiah 26:3)  It is as steadfast as the Lord Himself because He stands ever ready to bestow His peace on those “whose mind is stayed on [Him].” (Isaiah 26:3)

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