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Do you have God’s peace or the world’s peace?


Doves at peace Image: alicepopkorn/foter/CC BY-NC-ND

Doves at peace Image: alicepopkorn/foter/CC BY-NC-ND

In John 14:27, Jesus said He came to give us peace, but added His peace was not the same as the world’s. Jesus’ peace was different.

To the world, peace can only take place when there is no conflict and in this crucial way Jesus’ peace was different. He gives us peace in the midst of conflict. Conflict or trouble can come in various forms — from terrorism to health to financial to family.

Jesus told us when He died, He would send us a Comforter. One of the emblems used in the Bible to picture the Holy Spirit was a dove. And even today, the dove represents peace.

When we accept Christ, the Holy Spirit dwells within us and He wants to fill us with God’s peace. But too often we put up walls preventing this.

The Apostle Paul addresses this problem when he says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15a). The word “let” shows that this is something we control. We must let it happen. It is our choice.

So how do we do this?

At the end of the verse, Paul gives us a clue as he links peace with thankfulness:

since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15b NASV)

Paul makes a similar link between peace and thankfulness in Philippians 4:6-7.

To let the Holy Spirit release peace into our hearts, we must choose to be thankful.  Start this process by finding five things you can thank God for.

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