SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT

John 14:27 (NIV) “ 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”. These words were spoken by Jesus at the Last Supper, shortly before His crucifixion, and His first words when He appeared to His disciples on the Sunday evening following His resurrection were, “Peace be with you”(John 20:19 NIV).

The peace which comes from God has nothing to do with the circumstances we may find ourselves in, for in John 16:33 Jesus said to His disciples. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” The peace which Jesus gave to His disciples is an inward peace, quite unaffected by the troubles they were about to face. In Isaiah 9:6 Jesus is referred to in prophecy, as the “Prince of Peace”, and in Romans 10:15, the gospel is referred to as the “gospel of peace”. It is not surprising therefore that Peter, in I Peter 3:9-11 when encouraging the saints to repay evil with blessing, quotes from Psalm 34:

Whoever would love life and see good days Must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech They must turn from evil and do good; they
must seek peace and pursue it.

 

Contributed by Ian Carlson