Christian Peace

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
ROMANS 5:1
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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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