Put Your Peace On

(John 14:27) “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

In my message this past week I talked about Loving God’s Abundance Life. The thing that stuck out most to myself and others was this one phrase I kept using, “put your peace on,”

I love the above scripture. It helped me to realize no matter how much peace I try to create, I will never be able to do it myself. There is no one else that can do it for me either. It was a free gift that Jesus left us!! A gift of peace of mind and heart. However, just like the bracelet that my son gave me for Mother’s Day, it is a gift that I have to open up at put on.  I have to choose to put my peace on. I have to choose to quit taking it off and throwing it down when things don’t go my way or when people hurt me. No one but Jesus gave it to me and I am the only one that can take it off.

So many times we let those around us control our peace. We hand it over to them like it was something cheap and meaningless given to us. If you had a million dollar piece of jewelry on, you wouldn’t throw it at people. That is exactly what we do with this amazing gift that Jesus left us. It is easy to talk about not throwing off your peace when we get cut off in traffic, the bank teller gives us the wrong amount of money, you moved and are sick of unpacking boxes (current situation), you are tired of repeating yourself, or whatever happened that day. But, what about when it is our spouse that hurts us or our children that we just found writing on the walls?  What about when we are having trouble with our bodies, our finances, or even our mental health? Those are the times we are quickest to rip that peace right off and chunk it.

We must remember that Jesus tells us not to be troubled or afraid. It doesn’t mean we will not deal with tough circumstances. Life is unpredictable. But, we can still have peace because Jesus gave it to us. Wear His peace, put it on so that it may reflect the goodness of God and the character of Jesus.

Put Your Peace On!