When I met Jesus, I lacked peace. I had a lot of anger inside of me. I believed that everything was designed to work against me. Living in the constant tension of the world made me believe that the only way I could have peace is through solitude. I recall saying many times that if I had to do my life all over again, I’d become a monk in Tibet. I am glad to say, I no longer desire to become a Tibetan monk. I learned that I have peace because Jesus gives me peace. Peace lives inside of me.
The first scripture that grabbed my attention about peace was Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT): “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” The Amplified Bible explains this peace as “that peace which reassures the heart”, it transcends our understanding, it stands guard over our hearts and it is a gift from Jesus. How is it a gift from Jesus? John 14:27 (AMP) Jesus says to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let my perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.] Jesus left with us his peace so that we can endure the troubles of life.
So how did Jesus leave peace with us? By the power of the Holy Spirit that lives in us. That is how I know that peace lives inside. Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22 (AMP) says, “But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Another indication that peace is inside of us is that Jesus tells us we will have trouble in our lives. A sign of His peace is that these troubles do not shake us into worry, anxiety, or fear but that in our troubles we stay focused on Him who keeps us in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). God tells us not to fear because He’s got this! He is ours and we are His. He protects us. We can stay in peace in the midst of terrible circumstances.
Isaiah 9:3 states the names of Jesus as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace, Jesus is the embodiment of peace. He gave it to us as a gift to withstand the things that happen on the outside of us. He will keep us in perfect peace as our thoughts stay on Him.
A prayer for peace…
Thank you God that your son Jesus is the Prince of Peace. I thank you that Jesus gave me peace as a gift to help endure living in this world where there is trouble. I thank you that by the power of the Holy Spirit, peace lives inside of me and when I feel afraid, I can access peace anytime. I thank you God that peace can never be taken away, that it is always with me. I thank you and praise you that I have peace. Amen.