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
What Jesus gives us is different in every way from what the world offers. The world offers peace when there are no problems. It provides calm and comfort only when things are good. It holds out prosperity but it is not lasting.
Jesus gives us peace all the time, it is HIS peace, a special kind of contentment that ignores the circumstances and gives us a hopeful tranquility no matter the situation. The peace of Jesus overwhelms our fears and replaces them with courage. The peace that Jesus gives relieves our heart when we are anxious and distressed. It soothes us when we are confused or unsure. His peace is so powerful it encourages us to be strong, and overcomes even a hint of timidity in the face of doubt. The peace of Jesus assures us of his constant love and presence, and His promise of our future with Him. Our hearts are filled with the certainty that Jesus is our provider, our Savior, and our loving Lord. All our circumstances are under his control — He can do anything. And His Spirit fills our hearts with His beautiful, unending peace. Do not be afraid!
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