Peace at Its Best

“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 14:27 (NKJV)
Chapters 13–17 of John are an intimate glimpse of Jesus’ private ministry with His disciples. They center on love, hope, comfort, and of course, peace. And chapter 14 is almost bookended with this supernatural indwelling of peace—the peace that transcends our understanding of our circumstances, guards our hearts and minds, and brings us to contented hope as we abide in Christ (Philippians 4:7).
Who among us is without some kind of fear? Who can watch television or scan social media and not cry out for Christ to come quickly? We cannot look at the warnings given by Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel concerning His return and not see how those conditions are rapidly unfolding before our very eyes.
Still, Jesus offers us this hope that the world cannot give us because the world offers human hope, human promises, and circumstantial peace. In fact, one pastor said it this way: “The world’s peace is based on externals; the Lord’s peace is based on eternals.”
Nations cry for it and leaders promise it, but for some, peace is only a space between periods of trial. As evidenced throughout history, peace is conditional and intermittent. But the peace God provides is different because our Father, the One who holds the universe in His hands, gave His best through Jesus; then, Jesus gave His best at the cross.
Our peace with God was settled through the cross; the peace of God becomes settled in our hearts through faith in Jesus. Faith is the eternal well-spring of true peace, and we tap into that resource as our relationship with Jesus develops. It’s part of that abundant life Jesus promises us (John 10:10) and Paul exhorts (Ephesians 3:20). It’s a surpassing and superior peace—a wondrous, costly gift from God (Colossians 1:20).
Before Jesus prayed for His disciples in chapter 16, He told them His time with them on this earth was coming to an end. But He points back to what they know of Him to show them they have peace in Him (John 16:33). This peace occurred not just by what they saw; after all, many people saw Jesus. But it was indwelt in them through the Holy Spirit. This same Spirit of peace is for all believers. It is an intimate ministry with the God of peace (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
DIG: Irrational fear is complex and shifts our focus from God. What does it mean to have fearless faith? It might help to study King David.
DISCOVER: Search for Scriptures that deal with fear. Meditate on Psalm 56:3 and ask God for that same peace.
DISPLAY: Take action to combat your fears with faith (HINT: Romans 10:17).

About the Author

Lisa Supp

Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.