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Peace in Jesus

28 Aug

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” (Luke 24:33-36)

Look at what Jesus says to His disciples when He suddenly appears to them. He says, “Peace to you!” Jesus doesn’t say “Hi,” nor He doesn’t say, “Good morning everyone.” No, the very first thing He did when He came to His disciples, was bring peace. Jesus hasn’t changed, even two thousand years latter.-He is the same today, tomorrow  and forever.

Wherever Jesus is, He brings peace, or a word of peace. He brings many other things as well, but first, before all others, He brings peace. Peace from no longer having guilt plague us; peace from knowing that we are secure in His hands, and in many other ways. However, wherever Jesus is, whether it is among a family, friends, or a band of disciples, He will bring peace.

That being said, some genuine Christians still lack, to some degree, peace in their lives. The typical reason that I’ve noticed for this lack of peace, is the Christian-in-question’s reliance upon them-self. Why do these genuine Christians lack peace? Because, though they do have faith and trust in Jesus, they still rely somewhat upon them-self… Now, let me clarify what I mean by that:

We are sinful by nature. It’s only by Jesus’ grace that we can do anything other than be in complete bondage to sin. However, some people attempt to use “will power” to break free of sin, rather than look to the cross, see that their chains are only broken there, and then repenting. I define this as relying on yourself, rather than be willing to look to the cross and repent. This performance based type of system causes insecurity, and a distinct lake of peace. And (as I’ve implied) the only real solution for anyone with this particular problem, is to come to Jesus at the cross (even if the person is already a Christian), repent, and ask for forgiveness.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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