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Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] John 14:27 AMPC
When someone bequeaths something to you, it means they’ve passed it on and left specific, legally binding instructions that you be given something that was their personal property. So when Jesus says, “I leave you my peace, I give it and bequeath it to you”, it means the peace of Jesus is yours! Peace in all its fullness. Complete peace – undisturbed , unwavering, immovable peace. The same peace Jesus had when He and the disciples were on the boat and the violent storm came. The same peace that kept Him when Satan tried to tempt Him in the desert. The same peace that helped Him love Judas even as he betrayed Him. The same peace that was with Him from the Garden of Getsemanhe all the way to His gruesome death on the cross. That same peace is the peace we now have.
When we put our hope in Jesus, we don’t have to ask for peace. We simply need to thank Him for it. Jesus left it to us! It’s ours! He’s in heaven with the Father where He no longer needs it. If someone left you a million dollars in their will, would you be asking other people to lend you ten dollars? No! Because you know what you have. The peace of Jesus is ours today…right now!
Jesus gives not as the world gives. When the world gives, you have to earn it or pay it back eventually…sometimes with interest! When the world gives, it isn’t lavishly and unconditionally given, without prejudice. When Jesus gives, He gives us freely. He gives us lavishly and joyfully. So since we have that kind of peace, if we are ever fearful or anxious, it is a choice. That’s why the next part says: Do not LET (allow, permit) your hearts… because we would have to allow fear to come in once Jesus’ peace is guarding our hearts.
We have to stop allowing our peace to be disturbed by worry, anxiety, doubt and fear. Jesus has left us with access to an inner state of tranquility, calm, restfulness, quiet and freedom from disturbance. Let’s choose to let God’s peace guard our hearts. Let’s choose to remember the rich inheritance of PEACE we have in Christ.
Love & Blessings,