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Peace

Tom Angstead November 17, 2011

This is something I have to think about (a lot):

We know from Gal 5:22-23 that the Spirit living in us will produce love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

I want to talk about peace.  Like an inheritance when someone dies, you are left something the dying person owned.  We know from Scripture that there is a inheritance for God’s children.

We know that Jesus had no place to lay his head (Matt 8:20); Jesus did not promise me a home to live in.

We know that Jesus had no clothes to pass to us (Matt 27:35);  Jesus did not promise me clothing.

So knowing what Jesus did not have to pass on to his children, I desire to remember what it was He did have.

John 14:27, I think, is Jesus’ last will and testament.  It is what Jesus did have and did choose to leave to His chosen ones:

 John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

 Jesus left–and I have already received–His peace!  If I am experiencing a lack of peace, the problem is not Jesus’ peace that He has left me.  I have to continue to remind myself Jesus left me His peace; Jesus has given me His peace.  His peace is perfect, and the problem is in my head and my heart.

Peace!

Tom