Peace Be with You

You were called to peace.
    —Colossians 3:15

In Jesus’ last meeting with his disciples before his death, he said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. . . . Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (Jn 14:27).

On the Sunday evening following his crucifixion, Jesus suddenly appeared in the room where those disciples were huddled behind locked doors. “Peace be with you,” he said. (Jn 20:19).

The next Sunday, he showed up there again. “Peace be with you,” he said (Jn 20:26).

Why this repeated promise of peace? Because he knew they were paralyzed with fear and uncertainty. Their deepest need was peace and calm.

If you’re finding peace elusive, raise your hand.

God knows your anxieties. Tune out other voices and listen to him: “Peace be with you.”

Inner peace is not dependent
on outer circumstances.

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