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Peace, Perfect Peace

by Al Parr
May 24, 2015
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Edward H. Bickersteth wrote a song by the above title. He wrote of "Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round." and reminded us that "On Jesus' bosom naught but calm is found."

Jesus comforted the apostles - and by extension all Christians - when He said to them, "My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). The Bible often talks about the peace that God gives to people through Jesus Christ and the gospel. It is even prophesied in the Old Testament. This is not the same usage of the word "peace" that we make when we speak of "world peace," or of peace between nations. This is "not as the world giveth." The peace that Jesus promised is spiritual peace: peace between the soul of man and His Creator. When I know that my sins are forgiven and that my heart is converted to His way of thinking, then I know that I am not fighting against God, and He is not against me. There is peace between us. The observable aspect of this peace is the personal, inner peace that I have in myself and with others around me. A person striving to pattern his life after that of Jesus will not be quickly provoked into hostile thoughts, words or actions against others who may try to tempt his patience. A person who knows that God lives, has forgiven him of his sings, and has an eternal, perfect home prepared for him will have great peace within.

Bickersteth wrote for those who worry about the future: "Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown." He said to such, "Jesus we know, and He is on the throne."

That is the key to peace, and to fulfillment in life. If we know Jesus there is no occasion for lack of peace. When you are troubled remember: in Jesus there is peace, perfect peace.