Peace is a very misunderstood concept. We often think of peace as the absence of conflict. While this is true, it is a very shallow understanding of peace. Don’t get me wrong. I would love to live a conflict-free life. No problems. No fights. Nothing to worry about.
But that’s not what Jesus promises us.
He doesn’t guarantee that we will have a conflict-free life. But he does promise to give us peace. He tells his disciples in John 14:27:
“ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
The world says that the only way to have peace is to avoid conflict. Jesus says he gives us a different kind of peace. The peace that he gives is the confidence that he will be with us no matter what we face in this life. It is peace in the midst of conflict. This kind of peace is so much deeper and more profound than the conflict-free peace that the world promotes.
If peace is based on your external circumstances, it can be taken away from you in a heartbeat. If it is based on external circumstances, it will always be beyond your control. You never know what life is going to throw at you or what someone else will do to you. That kind of peace is fleeting.
But the peace that Jesus promises is lasting. It endures because it is based on him and his promises, not on whatever circumstances you may face. Jesus promised his disciples that he would always be with them (Matthew 28:20). Jesus is present through his Holy Spirit in the lives of his people. That is a promise that this world can never take away.
The peace of God is possible because we have peace with God. Through Jesus Christ, God removed the sin that separated him from his creation. If you put your trust in him and make him lord of your life, therefore, you can experience peace in this life. A lasting, deep peace that can never be taken away.