Have we any hope for peace?

For all the things you and I may view differently, there’s one thing we can agree on. Our world is desperate for peace.

And while this certainly applies to far off places on the other side of the world, it’s also true here at home – maybe, for some of us, more than ever before in our lives.

Over the years of my life, I’ve lived through some pretty un-peaceful situations. I’m old enough to remember the Vietnam war, “Bloody Sunday” of 1965, and Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, to name a few.

And though I was only a girl when these events occurred, what I remember most are the riots and protests. But, the internet and social media had not even been thought of. How in the world did we get our news, you say?

We did have this thing called a television {albeit, the screen was quite small and minus color display}. And…the latest news happenings back then accomplished pretty much the same thing as today.

A feeling of unrest. An uprising of fear. An appeal for peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. John 14.27a

This is Jesus talking in John 14. And to clarify, he’s headed to the cross shortly, yet He pauses to teach on peace. This peace lesson of Jesus was not understood by the world then. It is still misunderstood, today.

Have we any hope for peace?

¹The world hopes that we will work our way toward peace […] if everyone cooperates. But the peace Jesus offers is different.

When it seems the world is spinning out of control. When common, human decency seems forgotten. When governments appear corrupt. When good people take to social media {or any other mode available} to wage war on their neighbor – have we any hope for peace?

First of all – and know that I’m reminding myself of this daily – what we are seeing and experiencing, both at home and abroad, is exactly what the enemy wants.

  • His mission is to create turbulence and disunity.
  • His goal is for us to begin attacking each other {and for it to snowball from there}.
  • And he delights in seeing fear consume whatever peace we have left.

What can you do to counteract this disturbance of peace?

Is there hope for world peace? As believers, we must embrace peace as Jesus taught us. His peace is the exact opposite of world peace.There’s only one way. We must embrace peace as Jesus did. We must understand the peace Jesus spoke of is not the same as world peace.

By the standards of the world around us {and on the screens of our devices} peace equates to a lack of pain, conflict, and discomfort.

The peace of Jesus is exactly the opposite. ¹It is the peace he modelled every day of his life. Jesus’ peace did not flee conflict, pain, or death. In fact, the more intense the difficulties, the more apparent Jesus’ peace became. 

It’s peace that comes from knowing whose you are. It’s peace that comes from being secure in who He says you are. And it’s peace that resides within – in the deep place of the soul.

Scriptures to encourage that deep peace within.

>You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26.3

>Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119.165

>Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13.11

>Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8.5-6

And He will be our peace… Micah 5.5a

Go in peace…and be peace to someone, today.

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¹Life Application Bible Commentary:  John.  {pages 299-300}

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2 thoughts on “Have we any hope for peace?

  1. Karlene, Thank you so much for these verses. I loved this quote: “In fact, the more intense the difficulties, the more apparent Jesus’ peace became.” That is a really truth reminder today. Thank you for sharing!

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