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Davidisms - Peace is Not the Absence of Conflict but the Presence of Jesus

Peace. What does it mean to you? The world thinks peace means the absence of conflict. Think of a peace treaty signed between two nations. While it reflects a commitment to peace, it can be broken. Peace from Jesus is quite different. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). Jesus promises his peace when we believe in him. His supernatural peace indwells believers who commit all cares to God in prayer. When we do so, we experience an inner tranquility that transcends all understanding (Phil. 4:7) Jesus promises to be with us, especially in the storm: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b). That’s why peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of Jesus. And Jesus promises to be with us. Every day. Always. Until he returns. No matter what we may be walking through.

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