The Be Free Series Continues: Week 3 | Peace
“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
Jesus was telling this to his disciples when they were distraught, scared and confused about where He was going and their future without him physically next to them. He is foreshadowing the time to come where God the Father will send down the Holy Spirit upon them to be with them, comfort them, and guide them through every step.
I know that many of us wrestle with feelings of confusion, doubt, and often question what is next in our future ahead. But we have peace in knowing that God loves us so deeply that He not only sent His son to die for us, but also sent His Holy Spirit to be with us. Jesus explained to the disciples, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever - the Spirit of truth.” John 14:16
Peace is the absence of fear. Peace is the absence of a troubled heart. Peace is from God, and surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)
Peace can often have to connotation as a political symbol. It can often be tied to the opposition of war. But biblical peace, the peace that Jesus is teaching about is a verb - it is an action.
Peace translated in Hebrew is the verb “Shalam,” which means to restore. Restoration happens when something or someone needs to be made complete. God gives us His peace. He gives us what we need to be made whole, to be made complete in Him.
Friends, this week I challenge you to really seek His peace. Take time to seek His truth and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you.
My hope and prayer for this devotional series is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start – this “Be Free” series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.
Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life – one fruit of the Spirit at a time.