3rd April, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: THE PEACE THAT THE WORLD GIVES
John 14:27 (NKJV)
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.
People all over the world have discovered that one major thing that promotes harmony and progress among humankind is peace. The world has therefore sought for lasting peace, using all manner of methods, in almost every human endeavour. Unfortunately, the world cannot have lasting peace without reference to the Prince of Peace.
Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). True and lasting peace comes from Jesus. The peace that the world gives is superficial; it only touches on surface issues but does not address the fundamental problem that deprives the world of true and lasting peace.
True and lasting peace starts from within every individual, and until the sin nature in humankind is washed away, the individual cannot have lasting peace. Unfortunately, the world has rejected the Prince of Peace, whose blood alone can wash away the sin nature. Much as the world means serious business to promote lasting peace, they cannot give perfect peace without the Prince of Peace.
This is what the world has failed to acknowledge. The effort made by the leaders of the world to promote peace is commendable, but until they realize that true and lasting peace starts from within, the world can never have peace. Jesus Christ solved “the peace-problem” when He shed His blood.
He said in our theme Scripture, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you!” We must receive what Jesus has given if we’re ever going to be agents of true and lasting peace. The hymn writer was right, when he penned down these words:
“Peace, perfect peace
In this dark world of sin
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.”
We will discover in tomorrow’s devotion, that, the quest for lasting peace by the leaders of the world, is what will ultimately lead to the signing of the final peace accord. Interestingly, all the end-time issues revolve around this very peace accord. Get ready for more!