Jay (Login BrotherJ) Discussing folks Posted Apr 11, 2012 10:21 AM
The Gospel of Peace
By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Only God can bring us true peace in this world. Jesus said, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27). Isaiah prophesied the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and called Him the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). So why does Jesus say, Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword? (Matthew 10:34)
In Matthew 10, Jesus is not referring to the inner peace that we only find by accepting Him as our Lord and Savior. He is not talking about everlasting, spiritual peace. What Jesus means is that the same Gospel of peace that brings eternal joy and contentment to believers will be the Gospel that is rejected by the world. The Gospel of peace that reconciles sinners to a holy God will create animosity in the hearts of nonbelievers.
The same people who reject the Gospel of peace also reject the proclaimers of that peace. This rejection, conflict, and disharmony is what Jesus warns about. Following Christ will bring us inner peace, but it will also place us in situations where our outer serenity is disturbed. We may feel a lack of peace in terms of our relationship with the world, but our spiritual peace cannot be taken away from us.
Prayer: Father, thank You for bringing me true peace. When I am rejected by the world, help me to remember that my inner, spiritual peace cannot be taken away. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).