I’ll Take a Peace of That!

John 14:27

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.

We are living today in a time of unprecedented prosperity, yet many are suffering from depression, anxiety and a general sense of hopelessness.  Why is this?  Anytime man tries to obtain peace independent of a relationship with Christ, he is going to be terribly disappointed.  Yes, a typical person will from time to time experience a degree of peace at different points in life, but for the most part this peace is temporary and inconsistent.  Jesus makes a point of saying that he will not give his followers the peace of the world rather, he promised them God’s peace.  The Hebrew word for peace, shalom, speaks of more than simply feeling good; it connotes a sense of wholeness, well-being, friendship, safety, prosperity, health, tranquillity and contentment.  The only way that this kind of peace can be experienced is by entering into a serious relationship with Jesus. Today, let’s make it a priority to walk and talk with the Prince of Peace.

Mark Shea

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Mark P. Shea is a Catholic author, blogger, and speaker.

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