What Does 2 Thessalonians 3:16 Mean?

Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.

2 Thessalonians 3:16(ASV)

Verse Thoughts

From the dawn of mankind, there is probably nothing that has been more sought after in this world at war, than peace. Nations have fought bitter wars for peace and lives have been lost in a vain pursuit after peace, but peace offered by this world's system is a false, fragile, imperfect, pseudo-peace that leaves a hungry heart and a disappointed soul.

The God of Peace started to unveil Himself as "The Lord our Peace" to the frightened Gideon and He expanded this understanding to David the shepherd-king, who discovered His Lord was One that gently led him beside still and peaceful waters.

Paul understood that the shed blood of the holy Lamb of God - that great Shepherd of the sheep, knocked down the middle wall of partition and tore the curtain of separation from top to bottom, so that we who believe on Him may be comforted by our great God of peace - Who has equipped us in every good thing to do His will. And in the fullness of time He sent the Prince of Peace to be born of a virgin in dishonour and shame, so that at the appointed time He would be exulted as the Lord of Peace and crowned as the Prince of Peace.

It is the Lord of Peace Himself that promised to leave His own perfect peace with His confused disciples, and this same assurance is given to all His children who are seeking to serve the Lord of Peace, Himself, in a world at war with the God of Peace.

Christ gave His disciples His own precious promise of peace. But His peace is not the war-torn peace of this world, but an inner peace, a perfect peace - a peace that passes understanding. Jesus promised us the peace of the most high God - a peace that bring comfort and rest, refreshment and a perfect inner peace that transcends humanity's comprehension - both now and for evermore. Now the Lord of peace Himself give YOU peace at all times in all ways. The peace of the Lord be with you all.

My Prayer

We praise You with all our hearts for Your indwelling Spirit of Peace. May we shed abroad Your peace in our lives to a hurting world that has so lost its direction in the world’s vain pursuit of a pseudo-peace that can never satisfy, in Jesus name we pray, AMEN.

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