Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
John 14:23-24, 27 ESV
What Is Peace?
If you ask people what peace means, they’ll give you a variety of answers:
Peace and quiet
Freedom from disturbance
Lack of oppressive thoughts or feelings
Time without war
Absence of hostility or harm
While those answers aren’t bad or wrong, they are usually from a viewpoint that doesn’t include God in the equation. The world’s peace is different from God’s peace. Worldly peace is temporary and dependent upon circumstances, and doesn’t provide the kind of peace Jesus is offering. When things are calm, we’re at peace. When our circumstances grow dim, we’re not at peace.
In John 14:27, Jesus doesn’t want our hearts to be troubled. Because although we concern ourselves with temporal struggles, He’s offering a permanent solution, which is His peace. It doesn’t matter how intelligent we are, how decorated our resumes are, how many inventions are credited to our names, or how smart, creative, and wise we are—we don’t know how to create peace.
The Creator of peace is the One who created us. He is our Lord, our Creator, our Mighty God, and our Everlasting Father. Over the course of this Plan, we’ll dive into what God’s peace truly means and how we can experience it in our lives.