A peace like no other.
“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)
Welcome to May everyone. A new month, but not much has changed has it? Who knows where we’ll be at the end of this month – the world is almost unrecognisable from what it was in early March – but some things never change. We still need encouragement from God’s word, and always will. And the words of Jesus are as reliable and unchanging today as they ever were (Isaiah 40:8).
Come back to John’s gospel with me. Two posts in a row? That’s right. I could blog for an entire year in John and still have things to say. On Wednesday Jesus told us to take heart (John 16:33). Today He says: Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
It’s often said that there are enough verses in the Bible about not being afraid to fill a whole year with a different one each day. Whatever the precise number, it’s true that this message needs to be heard again and again, because a thousand voices a day tell us otherwise, explicitly or implicitly.
I do not give as the world gives, Jesus says. And thank God for that. The world gives us worry, the world gives us fear, the world gives us a mental-health quagmire of non-stop media. And even when the messages of the world are about peace, it tends to be a peace that’s shallow, short-term and subject to change.
Not so Jesus’ peace. He has given us His peace. The reassurance, the soundness of mind, the wholeness, the satisfaction, the meaning, the rest and the freedom that only our perfect, loving Creator can give. Jesus gives a peace like no other. A peace that’s not just skin-deep but passes understanding into our souls and cells. A peace that lasts forever and doesn’t change. A peace that has only one condition: it starts with trust (Romans 15:13).
There’s a reason Jesus tells us not be troubled after He gives us His peace, not before. We don’t find peace through conquering our fears first; we are freed from fear by peace. The peace of Jesus comes first. We gain by a free gift from Him what we can never do for ourselves. Don’t settle for the second-best of human-based or world-given peace, accept the peace that transcends all limits and stresses (Philippians 4:6-7).
Receive Jesus’ peace today. Embrace it, explore it, and then express it to others. Come back every day for more – the supply is inexhaustible and the access is free-to-all.
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