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Weekly Devotion - Peace

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As part of our summer devotion series, we thought it would be fun to revisit devotions written for Hope’s 50th Anniversary. While the author is not always noted, the list of contributors can be found below.


Read James 1:1-8

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give it onto you. Let not your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

This is one of the outstanding gifts of God - Peace! But what is peace? Peace is not just the absence of war. Rather, it is a state of well-being, and internal balance between God and man.

This gift of peace comes to us from our Lord Jesus Christ. Without Him we could never be at peace with God. How could we ever give account of our sins and make payment? How could we ever undo all the evil we have done against our holy God? But Christ has brought us peace. He made peace between us and God by the blood of His cross. There the full price was paid, the settlement was made, the peace treaty was signed once and for all. Now we have peace with God and our hearts need no longer be afraid.

Out of this peace which we have with God will come also a peace which we can share with one another. The accusations which we make against each other are dissolved by the same blood of His cross. How can we hate and make war against our brother when God is no longer at war with us? His forgiveness prompts us to forgive, and peace begins to grow among men.

As the peace of God in Christ becomes more meaningful to us, we will be able to live and demonstrate His peace and love to our fellow humans at all times. Not just when someone is watching, but when no one but God will know.

Gracious God, whose peace has been given to us in Jesus Christ our Savior, give us also Thy Holy Spirit so that this peace may overflow in us, and possess the lives of many around us. Amen

This devotion was written for October 11, 1968
Contributors included: Ernest Dorn, Glenn Edwards, Mary Flagstead, Betty Galloway, Detta Hoerner, Rev. Emil Jaech, Myrtle Jaech, Truman Leuthauser, Ruth Leuthauser, Jeff McCracken, Charles Markus, Jean Richardson, Bud Schultz, Oman Sommer, Pearl Sommer, Lee Tinklein, Ken Wahl, and some anonymously.