«Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid» (John 14:27).
THE QUEST FOR PEACE in the midst of violence is a daily thing in this world. Newspaper headlines and early morning television news are loaded with violent acts that seek to be excused by the pursuit of peace. But the peace sought by so many world organizations is increasingly further away. What makes peace so difficult to achieve?
Of course, the lack of peace is rooted in human selfishness. We all, in a way, want our views, ideas, opinions, and beliefs to be the principal of others’ behavior and, by not achieving it, it leads us into conflict. I believe that the peace of the world would have a more expeditious way if everyone worked on their inner peace. How? By freeing ourselves from resentments, grudges, and anger; by allowing others to think differently from us and, despite that, sympathizing with them.
Peace is possible when we place our trust in God and love Him. In the Bible we read: «And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus» (Philippians 4:7). GodS peace is the antidote to our worries, anxieties, and fears. The woman who came to the well day by day was thirsty for peace and not water. And she was only satisfied in her encounter with Jesus.
Dear friend, God’s peace is at your fingertips and goes beyond your doubts, fears, worries, and loneliness. You just need to ask for it. In His Word we read: «Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you» (l Peter 5:7). Inner peace does not exempt you from struggles, conflicts, and trials; it’s the result of knowing that in the midst of tribulations, God is with you, even if there are times when you don’t sense Him.
At the beginning of this day, may your prayer be these words from Mery
In your peace I will live and trust, In your peace I will have no fear;
I will bring my concerns to you, my afflictions, my struggles, my mixed emotions, and I will rest in your great love.