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John 14: 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 16: 33 These things have I spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
1st John: 4: 4 You are of God and He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of the world and not of God).
1st John 5: 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world -our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world? but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
I often imagine but cannot quite conceive what peace must be like for someone who doesn’t know the presence of God. I think that it must be empty instead of full and joyless instead of filled with the joy of contentment. It must be elusive -something not ever attained. And perhaps, fleeting -something that comes and goes so it is not really peace at all…but a semblance of what someone, without the presence of God, thinks peace must be.
In Isaiah 9: 6 and 7 we find this promise: For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
In Isaiah 32: 17 and 18: The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, undisturbed places of rest.
The following is an excerpt from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Peace is a word with several different meanings in the Old and New Testaments:
The Old Testament meaning of peace was completeness, soundness and well-being of the total person. This peace was considered God-given, obtained by following the Law (Ps 119: 165). Peace sometimes had a physical meaning, suggesting security (Ps 4: 8), contentment (Is 26: 3), prosperity (Ps 122: 6-7) and the absence of war (1 Sam 7: 14). The traditional Jewish greeting, shalom, was a wish for peace.
In the New Testament, peace often refers to the inner tranquility and poise of the Christian whole trust is in God through Christ. This understanding was originally expressed in the Old Testament writings about the coming MESSIAH (Isa 9: 7-7). The peace that Jesus Christ spoke of was a combination of hope, trust and quiet in the mind and soul, brought about by a reconciliation with God. Such peace was proclaimed by the host of angels at Christ’s birth (Luke2: 14) and by Christ Himself in His SERMON ON THE MOUNT (Matt 5:9) and during Hi ministry. He also taught about this kind of peace at the Lord’s Supper, shortly before His death (John 14:27).
In our world of disasters and devastations, peace is far from people’s hearts. The peace of God through Christ, “passes all understanding.” It is difficult for us, as human beings, to understand the power of God to give us peace in a troubled setting…and we will not understand this till we reach heaven’s shores when God shares with us, His mind and His understanding. Let us embrace the Peace of God through Christ with a joy of contentment on earth and a glorious hope of eternity with Him.
Photography, ” Flowers: Whispers of God’s Love,” by carol a castagna.
© carol castagna 2015, writing and photography