“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Jesus offers us peace—the peace with God which he made possible through his death on the cross; the peace of God which fills our hearts with quiet confidence even when life is tough.
But why do so many of us not experience this peace of heart and mind?
Jesus offers peace but for it to become a felt reality, we must take care of our let nots. Jesus said,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
The Amplified Bible explains:
”stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.”
How? Do not feed fear by what you watch on T.V. video games, movies, or books you read.
Replace a disturbing thought with a good thought—quote a Bible verse or a stanza from a hymn or chorus. One that has helped me is “Be still my soul: the Lord is on your side…”
Tell God about your fear with thanksgiving. “God, you are bigger than this problem. I give this to you now. I want to trust you with it.”
Move ahead despite your fear.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:4-7.
Lord Jesus, fill my heart and mind with your peace.
By Helen Lescheid
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