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“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16
The “Lord of peace” is a beautiful description of Christ and an accurate portrayal of this wonderful attribute of our Savior. One of Jesus’ many names is the “Prince of Peace,” and for good reason. He gives us this incredible gift of love that we can’t find anywhere else, nor can we manufacture it on our own. A popular sticker on the bumpers of cars across the nation declares, “No Jesus, No Peace; Know Jesus, Know Peace!” This is more than a catchy slogan; it’s a proclamation of truth across bustling highways and in chaotic parking lots. Our world desperately needs the peace of Christ.
This peace is characterized by calm, a soothing confidence and inner quiet that comes from the Holy Spirit. We can experience it internally or collectively as a church or even a nation. Sometimes, God handles the circumstances that cause stress or worry. In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus and the disciples sailed on the Sea of Galilee. A tremendous storm developed, threatening their safety and terrifying the disciples. Jesus stood up and told the storm to be quiet- which it did. Christ calmed the storm and he calmed the hearts of his disciples. Peace came externally and internally. Later, he told the disciples (and these words are also meant for us today), “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” (John 14:27).
Additionally, the incredible thing about the Holy Spirit is that peace can be given even when the storm rages around us. Paul writes in Philippians 4:6 that instead of giving into anxiety, we need to talk to God and focus on gratitude for our blessings. Then, “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
This peace is not something we create through logic or reasoning. This goes beyond our brain to comfort our hearts. This is a miracle that is often overlooked. The ability to have peace despite stressful situations is an act of God, a gift of love as he cares for us. Christ knew we would face all sorts of challenges and tragedies. He knew we would be stressed, exasperated, fearful, and anxious. So he said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).
The world can fall apart around us, but God will still cover us with supernatural peace. “‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:10). Isaiah also speaks of God’s love to us when he says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3). Because God keeps his promises and has given us peace in the past, we can trust him to continue to quiet our anxious souls no matter what circumstances torment us.
No crisis is too extreme and no situation is out of control of the God who holds the whole world in His capable hands. He loves us so intensely that he refuses to stand by and do nothing while we cry in anguish. The God of love envelopes us with overwhelming peace, comforting our anxious souls with great compassion.
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