Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. John 20:21
I love when Jesus repeats Himself, when He says things twice or three times, it means we need to pay attention. God is very intentional and does not make any moves without purpose so if He says something again, then clean out those ears and listen. “Peace be with you”
I have peace with me
Peace is always with me,
I carry peace with me wherever I go
I cannot lose my peace
Circumstances cannot take it
The actions of others cannot take it
I have peace with me always
Let’s use that math rule of substitution to better understand the second half of John 20:21. Our second verse is John 3:17 as it really explains how Jesus was sent which sheds more light on how Jesus sends us.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.John 3:17
Now let’s substitute at their point of intersection, substitution in bold and italics.
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me to save the world and not to condemn the world, I am sending you to save the world and not to condemn the world.
The Word of God is so profound. God sent His Son to save the world and not condemn it. Christ has said He has sent us just like the Father sent Him hence our model is the same. As Christ has done His part by dying and resurrecting, we must do our part by sharing that good news in the manner He did. So if you are going about judging others and shaming people because they did (insert terrible thing), please stop it. We were not sent to condemn others but to point them to salvation.
Now beyond spreading the good news to the lost, we must also use that same model with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Like the bible says in 1 John 4:20, ‘If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?’
Our actions always start from within; within us and then to those closest to us and then to others. Our home is our first mission field so we must live in such a way that our loved ones and others in our household do not feel condemnation by our words or actions but are reminded of the joy and peace of true salvation found in Christ We cannot continue the trend of children born in christian homes turning away from the faith because of the disparity between what their parents preached and what they actually modeled.
Jesus has given us peace but we must fight to live it out daily in our hearts and for all to see.