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Daily Reading: 23rd July 2015

John 14.27 cont.

27 I leave peace with you, My peace I give to you; I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not be agitated in your heart, neither be fearful.

It is right that we should pray for peace in the world, and pray for those who are severely affected by war and a lack of peace. It is vital that we recognize that the majority of deaths and casualties of war are civilians, not the military, and definitely not the politicians.

There is only one way that the world will know peace, and that is through Jesus. It is only Jesus who can put our hearts right. It is only Jesus who can cleanse our souls, and it is only Jesus who can make us right with God.

The world’s peace may only be temporary, but the peace that Jesus leaves with us is permanent.

The only hope for peace in the world is Jesus. This is true on a personal level as well as on any other level.

Having peace with God illuminates the need we may feel to always promote ourselves over and above our relatives, friends, neighbours, and others.

The peace of Jesus living within us would remove the need for divorce, revenge, and for thinking of ourselves more highly than we should.

The peace of the world can be broken in an instance, especially where there is a clash of wills.

However, when Jesus is in the centre of our lives, then our will subjects itself to His will, so that we can honestly say: “Jesus, have your way with me”.

This happens when we do as God’s word tells us: Paul wrote:

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful – Colossians 3.15 (NLT).

Since the peace of Jesus brings us into a right relationship with our Heavenly Father, we are then in the right spirit to live at peace with others.

Let His peace RULE in our hearts.

This means that where there is the potential for discontent, selfish ambition, or grumbling, we must let the peace of Jesus lead us into His right ways.

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