The Peace That Comes from God

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The Peace That Comes from God
This peace of God is not to be understood as that peace in which Cod is quiet and content with Himself, but rather as that [peace] which He puts into our hearts so that we are content . . .. Reason knows of no peace except that [which comes] when evil ceases. . .. But those who rejoice in God are satisfied that they have peace with God. They remain bold in affliction, do not desire the peace that reason chooses, namely, the cessation of evil. Rather, they stand firm and await inner strength through faith. They do not ask whether the evil will be and remain short or long, temporal or eternal—they also do not think or care how it will end—but they let God be in charge. . .. This is the peace of the cross, the peace of God, the peace of conscience, Christian peace, which makes a person outwardly calm, satisfied with everyone, and upset about no one. . .. It is the work of God, with which no one is familiar except the person who has experienced it.

From the Church Postil, sermon for Advent 4 on Philippians 4:4-7 (Luther's Works 75:169-70)
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