Pastor Marcus Blair, Cornerstone Baptist Church
In John 14:27, Jesus made a tremendous promise to his people: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
He promised he was leaving his peace and giving his peace to Christians. We need that peace right now in our world today, don’t we? As fear and panic grip so many amid the spread of COVID-19, more than ever God’s people need to be a people of peace.
Even though Jesus promised to give his peace to Christians, isn’t it strange that so few of God’s people seem to actually have the peace of Jesus? When I think about Jesus, I think of his goodness, his compassion, his mercy, and yes, I think of his peace. It was a peace that nothing could shake, and he promised it to us. Why then, do Christians seem to possess no more peace than the world? We have missed it somewhere!
Walking with Jesus is a lifelong pursuit of becoming Christlike. In becoming more like the Master every day, we should become more peaceful. There should be a tranquility in the heart of the Christian that is not the same as peace that could come from the world. I believe that the reason many Christians do not seem to possess the peace of Christ is they have never learned how to really tap into it. It’s always there, always available, but we forget the words of Jesus so easily.
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.