“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
When Jesus gives something to us, it is ours to do with what we will. Those who have been born again possess the same Peace Jesus had. The same authoritative Peace that calmed the storm, the same Peace conferred upon us to be Peace makers, as the children of God. He said, “MY PEACE I GIVE TO YOU! This is the God-kind of Peace that comes from the Hebrew word Shalom. Shalom conveys the idea of completeness, where nothing is missing and nothing is broken. It speaks of wholeness, completeness, where there is no lack, no shortage, and a full supply. A better way of saying it could be that, Shalom is the Peace that comes when something is whole. That’s the Peace that Jesus gives everyone who believes in Him and trusts in His sacrifice as the full payment God required for the forgiveness of their sins. That’s when we become established in His Righteousness. (II Cor. 5:21)
I was born again on July 20 th , 1975. I woke up the next morning with an incredible Peace that I
had never known before! That’s because Jesus had given me His Peace. It was the Peace that
came from being made a new creation! I was made whole through the new birth! Even though
I had no workable knowledge of the God-kind of Peace, I was experiencing it!
Concerning Giving us His Peace, Jesus said, “…not as the world giveth, give I unto you. There
are two possible meanings to what Jesus meant by those words: 1) The world usually takes back
whatever it gives. When Jesus gives something to us, it becomes our possession. He never gives
with one hand and takes with the other. What He gives us is considered a gift with no
conditions. 2) The other meaning is that this Peace cannot come from the world because the
world doesn’t have this kind of Peace to give. It only comes from God! It is still our possession,
and as such, we need to guard it and preserve it. We also need to keep it as a shepherd keeps his
sheep, by leading them to green pastures and the pure waters of the Word of God.
Then, He said, “…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Once we become
aware that His Peace lives in us, we can rule our heart with His Peace. Paul said, in Colossians
3:15, “And let the Peace of God rule in your hearts…” In other words, the Peace of God will
begin to rule your heart instead of the cares of this life! We don’t have to allow our hearts to be
troubled or worried. Think about it… have you ever solved anything by worry?! The Peace that
Jesus released to calm the storm lives in us. It’s ours to do what we will with it. And it has the
power to calm the storms of a troubled heart. That power is released by us the same way Jesus
released it. He SPOKE to the wind, and SAID to the sea ‘PEACE – Be Still!’ And the wind
ceased, and there was a great calm.” That’s the Peace that Jesus said He gave to you!