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By: Rachelle Rea

“…Peace be with you!...” John 20:19 & 21 (NIV)

Imagine the terror the disciples were experiencing. They were huddled together in a room after Jesus’ crucifixion, sure they were going to die too. They had locked all of the doors because they were afraid Jewish officials would at any moment burst in and arrest them.


Someone did get in that locked room. However, it wasn’t who the disciples were expecting.


I imagine a few of those grown men shrieking in fear as a voice called out, “Peace be with you!”


Wouldn’t you love to have been there and seen the looks on their faces as Jesus appeared and spoke such a strange greeting?


Do you consider “Peace be with you” to be an inappropriate sentiment under the circumstances? Jesus didn’t think so.


Have you ever been scared out of your life, as the disciples were that Sunday morning? Have you ever experienced the terror that streaks through you when a loved one is in an accident or receives bad news from the doctor? Or when your parents announce they are getting a divorce? Did you know that even in those situations, God offers you His peace?


You can claim that peace through prayer. When you leave your worries with your Heavenly Father, His perfect peace will guard your heart (Philippians 4:7). Isn’t that amazing? Well, there’s more.


A few moments later, Jesus repeats to His disciples, “Peace be with you!” This time, He adds, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21, NIV).


Jesus didn’t stop at offering His disciples His peace. He wanted them to share the peace that He had poured into their lives with others … and they did. The disciples spread the word about Jesus and the peace He offers to all they met.


Those people then shared His peace with others …


Who then shared His peace with still more people …


And through the centuries and over the continents, His peace came to be shared with you …


Will you let God guard your heart with peace this very moment? Then will you share that peace with others?


Saint Francis of Assisi's Prayer of Peace:


Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.


O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.


For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


In Jesus’ name, Amen.



GO DEEPER:


Ponder: Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)


Apply: Cultivate peace in your own life this week by making more time for God. (This could mean five extra minutes studying a comforting Psalm, praying, or going for a walk and “smelling the roses.”)


Also, cultivate peace in other people’s lives this week. This could mean doing a sibling’s chore when you know they have been having a bad day, offering to baby-sit for a busy mother, or sending a pretty card to a friend who is going through a tough time.


Listen: “Peace, Be Still” by Rush of Fools


Read: A Young Woman’s Walk with God: Growing More Like Jesus by Elizabeth George


Share: Which is hardest for you, recognizing God wants to bring peace to your life, or that He asks you to bring peace to others?


© 2010 by Rachelle Rea. All rights reserved.


A college freshman, Rachelle Rea coaches gymnastics at her local YMCA. She loves blogging, walking, chocolate, and hanging out with friends. One thing that encourages her constantly is how God loves her in spite of how often she messes up. Her favorite verse is Ephesians 3:20 because through that verse, God reminds her to dream big because He dreams big!

For more from Rachelle, visit her blog at
www.rosesdaringadventure.blogspot.com.



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1 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer said...

I think I have the hardest time with accepting God's peace for my life. Sometimes I get so stressed out that I just ignore the peace God is freely offering me. I'm not sure why, though I think it has a lot to do with personal pride and my want to handle things myself. But sometimes, sometimes I just have to bend my knees and open my arms and accept God's peace, or I won't make it through another day.

Thank you for this encouragement.

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