LÖHE ON JOHN 14:27

Peace be with youPeace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (Joh 14:27 NIV)

When the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost, he brought our Lord Jesus Christ’s good seed to flourishing growth and blossoming. A lot of movement and great unrest was the result. Yet this only preceded the ensuing rest and ongoing peace. Just as there is a lot of noise and commotion if we tear down old ruins and build new structures and buildings. Yet does one not build these new buildings to have places of rest and quiet later? After the disquiet of the awakening and upheaval of Pentecost the kingdom of God brings great rest and lasting peace.

A godly peace comes from heaven to earth. There’s peace in the heart. Nothing can dispel or disrupt it really. The path of life becomes straightforward and plain. The heart is content with the gifts of the Spirit.

This peace is the gift from the Prince of Peace. It’s what he – the King of Peace – holds in store for his subjects. He hands that out in richest measure just after he ascended into the heavens and to the right hand of the Father. Now it reigns supreme in his holy Christian Church: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. He’s not as unfaithful as the world, but rather dependable and trustworthy. What he gives, he doesn’t withdraw the next moment. His peace lasts forever and is not as brief at the worldly counterpart.

“Peace be with you +” is the favorite and dearest greeting in the Church and amongst the children of peace. It demonstrates their inner condition and also illustrates their gift to this world in the name of their Lord and King.

We pursue your peace o Lord and may your peace remain in our hearts so that we don’t have to fear the terrors of the night nor the struggles of our days. In all our doings let us wake in your commandments. Watch over us o eternal savior, that we are not overwhelmed by the evil tempter. You are our helper in every need. Amen.

Grant your peace in your goodness to your Church and people that they may lead quiet and peaceful lives to your honour and glory o Lord – our heavenly God and King of Peace.   

This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Friday after the high Christian holiday of Pentecost. It is found on Pg. 213 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu!   (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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