August 18 Experiencing Peace

Scripture Reading: John 14:1–27

Key Verse: 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 heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

When God initially placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, surrounded by fragrant flowers, beautiful trees, and delicious fruits, do you think they felt peaceful? Of course they did. They were in true communion with each other and with God. They had no knowledge of evil, heartache, pain, or death.

We all know what happened next. Temptation entered the garden, and mankind began its earthly bondage to sin and death. Despite God’s foreknowledge of what would occur in Eden, it was never His will for humans to experience pain. God’s perfect, peaceful world was tainted by the author of evil, Satan.

Though we live in a world plagued by violence, anger, and hostility, we can still experience the peace that God intended us to know. By sending His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins, the door of peace and forgiveness was opened once and for all to those who believe.

To obtain God’s peace, you must make three key decisions: accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, believe that the peace God offers is yours for the asking, and live in obedience to God’s will. Remember—it is impossible to live with peace in your heart and rebellion in your actions.

It is God’s will for you to be tranquil in your heart and serene in your spirit, despite the chaos around you. Seek His peace today.

I will know, Lord, when I am seeking Your will: I will have an untroubled heart because of Your peace within.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 241). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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