Peace at this Time?

A global pandemic, economic uncertainty. and riots in our streets. This is not a peace filled time. With so much turmoil, where do we look?

Jesus is called the Prince of Peace, but we will not experience world peace until Jesus returns. What are we to do until Jesus returns, or he calls us home to heaven to be with him?

Jesus gave us the answer in John 14:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.Β I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubledΒ and do not be afraid.”

The peace the world gives is temporary and fleeting. It is based on external circumstances that can change quickly.

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The peace Jesus gives is a peace within. It is being at peace in our spirits and souls because of Jesus even when the world is crazy all around us.

Jesus used the phrase- “Do not let your hearts be troubled” twice in John 14. In John 14 he was preparing his disciples, followers, for his death, resurrection, ascension to heaven and his guarantee of returning.

Imagine being one of his disciples. They saw the numerous miracles he performed. They saw him take authority over death and demons on many occasions. He was their teacher. He was the one who mentored them and lifted them up to be so much more than what they could have been on their own. Yet here he was telling them that he was going to be crucified and would ascend to the Father in heaven. They would have experienced a lot of inner turmoil.

It is in that context that Jesus said- “Do not let you hearts be troubled.”

Jesus is always with us in the storms of life. He will never leave us. He has not abandoned or forgotten us. He has given us the Holy Spirit. He will return for us one day. In the meantime, he wants us to show his love to ALL people. We can do so with the peace that only he can give in our hearts.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

32 thoughts on “Peace at this Time?

  1. Yes, God does want us to show love to all people however God is a God of justice and He is concerned about the racism issues that plague our country. While, I don’t condone nor agree with the looting and acts of violence that have taken place in the protesting of African Americans being unjustly murdered, I do understand.

    1. Thank you for sharing Kim. I strongly agree that the voices need to be heard and changes needs to happen. I fully support protests. I would have joined one today, but walking is hard for me at this time. I fully support peaceful protests and believe there should be more.

      The looting and destruction unfortunately take away from the protests. Destroying restaurants and small businesses owned by people of the neighborhoods harms the neighborhoods and undermines the important work that needs to be done of racial reconciliation in our nation. When rioters destroy the family owned businesses of minorities, it is no longer a protest but a crime.

      1. Riots are destructive and self-defeating and I believe that will only create more social injustices than they will solve. But, at the same time I am as vigorous in condemning the “cause” in which people feel they have to engage in riots in order to be heard; riots do not manifest out of thin air, certain conditions continue to exist in which needs to be condemned as well as condemning the riots. Riots are the voices of the “unheard.”

  2. This is such a beautiful article brother Matt…I can relate to it completely….
    Only He can give us true peace..
    as long as we stay focused on Him…that’s the bit where I fall at timesπŸ™ƒπŸ˜…πŸŒˆ

      1. and I thank God for that. Where would I be without His undeserving Mercy and grace πŸ˜ŠπŸ€©πŸ˜πŸ€—πŸŒˆπŸ™βœοΈπŸ•Š

  3. A piece about peace is always peaceful. Thanks for sharing big brother Matt! I had to get your name it there. I really like the name Matt. Bet ya didn’t know that. πŸ˜„

  4. We certainly need peace at this time. Over the weekend while I was writing a post to publish yesterday the Holy Spirit encouraged me to pray for peace at this time and published it instead. I did!

    Today when I read your post it confirms what God wants us to do at this time. I do not condemn anyone who voice their peaceful protest on the street etc, but I cannot help thinking that those forms of protest will not help anymore. We need God’s guidance in finding a better effective way to voice our protest against racism. Notice how the devil used his people to infiltrate the peaceful protest with violence and looting.

    Now, everyone is calssified as thugs and the essential message is loss. May God help us!

    I feel sorry for people who believe that they are better than others because at the end of day we are all going to die and return to the dust. There is no descrimination in death or the life after. Much prayer is needed. Peace. πŸ™

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