John 14:27

[Jesus said:] “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."

Jesus is preparing his disciples for his departure, and he knows that they are troubled and fearful. So, he gives them a wonderful gift: his peace. It is a gift he gives to us, too.

The peace that Jesus gives is not like the peace that the world gives. The world's peace is often superficial and temporary, dependent on external circumstances. When things are going well, we feel peaceful, but when challenges arise, that peace quickly evaporates.

The peace of Christ is different. It is not dependent on circumstances. In fact, Jesus gives this peace in the face of the most troubling circumstances. In this instance, his imminent death. This peace is rooted in Jesus' relationship with the Father and his confidence in the Father's will. It is a peace that, as Paul said, surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:7).

Additionally, Jesus' gift of peace is not just a comforting sentiment; it is a command. He says, "Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." In other words, choosing to receive and live in Christ's peace is an act of obedience and faith. It means trusting in God's goodness and sovereignty even when circumstances are difficult.

This peace is the antidote to the troubled heart and the fearful mind. It brings a sense of calm and stability in the midst of life's storms. It is the assurance that, no matter what happens, we are held securely in God's loving hands.

Receiving this peace does not mean that we will never feel troubled or afraid. But it means that we have a place to anchor our souls, a peace that we can return to again and again in the midst of life's turbulence.

As we reflect on this verse, let's ask ourselves: Have we received the peace that Christ offers? In moments of fear or anxiety, do we turn to this peace, letting it guard our hearts and minds?

May the peace of Christ, which surpasses all understanding, guard our hearts and minds today and always.

God bless you.

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