Experiencing Jesus’ Peace


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


Peace I leave with you: Peace is calmness, free from emotional disturbance or agitation. It is a sense of security and well-being even in the midst of danger. Jesus leaves this with us, revealing that he is going away. Jesus leaves this with us indicating that it is available to us and is ours.

My peace I give unto you: This is Jesus’ peace. It is not a superficial peace that a person might normally have. This is a peace that passes all understanding. It supersedes the normal peace that a person might have which is far inferior. It is a total freedom from emotional disturbance or agitation. Jesus gives this peace to us. This peace allows us to think more clearly in the midst of danger or upsetting circumstances and allows us to make better decisions.

Not as the world gives: The world cannot give this kind of peace. The world’s peace is superficial and subjective whereas the peace that Jesus gives is objective and is experienced to the core of our being. The world’s peace might be experienced in our mind but Jesus’ peace is experienced throughout our being. Jesus’ peace engulfs or swallows up the anxiety and fear in total victory.

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid: Let not indicates that we have control. We are to take control of the situation and of our feelings toward it. We are not to allow our heart to be troubled or afraid. How do we do this? Philippians 4:4-7 tells us that when we are getting anxious or fearful about something we are to rejoice in the Lord and to proclaim that the Lord is at hand. We are to proclaim to ourselves and to everyone around us that the Lord is at hand. We are to say it until it gets out of our mouth into our mind and then into our heart. Next we are told that in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving we are to share our requests with God. Then the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. When we receive this peace it is God saying, “I have it”. If that anxiety or fear should begin to come back we are to rejoice in the Lord, proclaim His presence and thank Him for taking charge of our problem. Jesus has left His peace and given it to us but whether we experience it or not is up to us.