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. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.
-Peace in Hebrew is written as Shalom and in Greek; Eiréné. It means quietness, rest, comfort, serenity, liberty, safety, wholeness of life or body and harmony between parties or people e.g. covenant of peace (Num 25:12-13; Isa 54:10; Ezek 34:25-26). Other scriptures have defined peace as victory over one’s enemies or absence of war. Peace offering to God, prosperity, success or fulfilment (Lev 26:3-9). God alone is the source of peace (Jud 6:24). Jesus is the Prince of peace/ Jehovah Shalom (Isa 9:6; Jer 33:8-9). Peace with God came through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rom 5:1; Eph 2:14-17; Col 1:19-20; Heb 13:20) and gave us the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22).
-Jesus took on the form of a servant and became obedient to death on the cross. After His resurrection, He was restored to His glory with the Father, seated at the right hand over all authority in the universe (Eph 1:20-22, Phil 2:5-11). He did not leave us orphaned but gave us the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and bestows unto us the fruit of peace that we may always rest secure in Him.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console. To be understood as to understand. To be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
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