11/12/16: Peace

images-2“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all” II Thessalonians 3:16 (NKJ). There is so much good news packed into these twenty words, it’s crazy.

First of all, who is this Lord of peace? Isaiah introduced Him to us long before His earthly existence with words we hear every Christmas season: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6 (KJV). No other figure in Scripture or in any other discipline for that matter is known as the Prince of Peace except for Jesus Christ. So the first piece of good news is the fact that we have a personal relationship with the Prince of Peace.

Next, what is peace? The Greek word for peace is “eirene (i-ray’-nay)” from which we get the girl’s name Irene. It means quietness, rest, to set at one again, and by implication, prosperity. In other words, Jesus gives us rest, tranquility, calm, and harmony. That’s the second piece of good news.

The third piece of good news is that the Prince of Peace is personally available to give that peace to us. He does not send a representative, and envoy, an ambassador, or His assistant. He Himself doles out the peace.

Good news point number four is the fact that Jesus indeed does have peace to give. Oneimgres cannot give out what one does not possess. He alone possesses the peace we need because He alone is the Prince of Peace.

Good news point number five is that Jesus will give us peace “always in every way.” This phrase means that peace – tranquility, calm, and harmony – is available at all times and in every possible circumstance and scenario.

  • In a family crisis, peace.
  • In a financial reversal, peace.
  • Facing a physical or mental illness, peace.
  • In a car accident, peace.
  • When in need of food, clothing, and shelter, peace.
  • When having to wait, peace.
  • When a loved one has left, peace.
  • While your children are in need or are acting crazy, peace.
  • When your spouse is suffering, peace.
  • When you don’t understand, peace.
  • When all that’s going on around you seems out of control, peace.

Jesus Himself said, “”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 (NKJ). Yes, Jesus has provided it, now all we have to do is take possession of it. “Let not” means we have a choice to allow our hearts to be troubled. Take His word for the fact that He has made peace available and enjoy His peace today.

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~ by sanewriter on November 12, 2016.

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