A few more thoughts on peace . . .
Remember that the word peace in the New Testament means, rest, state of untroubled and undisturbed well-being.
So, when Jesus says in John 14:27, Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you . . . He is offering us this wonderful possibility to walk in rest, a state of untroubled and undisturbed well-being. It is ours for the taking.
That same verse goes on to say, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” I think this is key to waking in that peace He offers.
The word “heart” here means, thoughts, reasoning, understanding, the mind in general.
The word “troubled” means, stir, agitate, disturb with various emotions such as fear.
It seems our mind plays a HUGE part in walking in this peace. We really do need to take every thought captive. It says LET NOT your heart be agitated, disturbed with various emotions. YOU, let not YOUR heart! The chances of His peace just falling on us seems to be slim, according to this verse. He definitely does pour out His peace when needed, but I am talking about daily, hourly, moment by moment making the choice to LET NOT my heart be troubled.
The choice . . .
To LET the peace of Christ rule in my heart. (Col. 3:15)
To seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34:14)
To keep my mind stayed on Him. (Is. 26:3)
To LET NOT my heart be troubled. (John 14:1, 27)
I have a choice and knowing this gives me power, the power to overcome anxiety, fear, ect. I can choose! Armed with this knowledge there really is no room left for excuses, is there?
Search your heart several times a day, and if you find something that is disturbing your peace, remember to take the proper steps to restore the calm. (Francis de Sales)
Other posts in this series on Peace: