Scripture Reading: II Thessalonians 3:16-18

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you.” (II Thessalonians 3:16)

Jesus Christ is the Lord of peace. He alone has made peace with God possible for us. He reconciled us to God when we were enemies — “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life” (Romans 5:10). The work of Jesus Christ made our justification possible and because of our justification we have peace with God — “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

Jesus also brings peace into our hearts — “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). The Lord of peace is the one who enables us to have peace in any and every circumstance — “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). The peace Jesus gives us is a peace that surpasses all understanding — “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

We can experience peace even when we are facing troubles, tribulation and trials, for the Lord Himself is with us. He is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). He is always with us and His peace is available to us as well. His Spirit produces the spiritual fruit of peace within us (Galatians 5:22,23).

This benediction brings great peace and comfort to us, as I am sure it did for the Thessalonians who were facing ongoing persecution and trials. “May the Lord of peace HIMSELF give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you.”

Lord Jesus, Prince of peace, You are with me always. Thank You for making peace with God on my behalf. I am now loved and accepted by Your Father. Thank You for bringing peace into my heart. Your presence keeps me in perfect peace. You are the Lord of peace, the one who brings peace that surpasses all understanding.


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