When you think about peace what comes to mind? Perhaps you imagined a crystal clear lake glistening in the summer sun. Maybe you thought about lounging on a beach listening to the waves rolling softly onto the shore. Perhaps you were on a mountaintop looking at the wonders of creation?
Peace from a worldly point of view is always externally focused. A peaceful sleep undisturbed by noise. The children have gone to school and the house is now quiet. You’ve just come out from a busy city into the quiet countryside. War has just ended… all of these examples are external.
So, how is peace possible in the midst of chaos? When Jesus said to his disciples “peace I leave with you, not as the world gives to I give to you...” (John 14:27) What kind of peace was he talking about? If I remember correctly, not long…
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