Christian Peace

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christian Peace
This is Christian faith, which gives peace to the heart, [not] when affliction is absent but when it is most severe. And this is the difference between earthly and heavenly peace: [in the former case,] if someone is suffering, he does not have peace, etc. [But] Christian peace embraces external discord. Poverty, death, [and] persecution are present, but [Christian peace] does not feel those things within, and the heart abounds with more joy when they are present than when they are not. This peace surpasses reason and understanding; this peace comforts a person and sets the troubled heart at rest. Amid these things, the [Christian] has peace where others have discord. Where does this come from? From faith in Christ. For if I believe that by His resurrection He has conquered sin [and] death and that He abides with me, so that I shall lack nothing, then I cannot become timid. If death assails me, I say, "Christ is risen and has conquered death." If I am poor, I look at the wealth of Christ. And whatever other danger might confront [the Christian], he turns his eyes to Christ.

From Sermons on the Gospel of John, Chapters 17-20 (Luther's Works 69:335-36)
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