THE OFFER OF PEACE

John 16:25-33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33

In John 14:27, as Jesus prepared for His imminent death, He spoke these words of comfort to His disciples: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (NASB).

This heartfelt revelation established a reason to hope for generations of Christians to come. Jesus’ message of peace remains a beacon to us today in a world of conflict and unrest. His peace is different from the world’s, different from the fleeting glimpses of happiness and joy we receive from worldly pursuits. The peace of Jesus quiets anxious hearts and soothes troubled minds as nothing else can.

When you accept Jesus’ offer of peace, be prepared to experience spiritual wholeness and mental clarity like you have never known. Worry will suddenly become useless, and anxiety will soon evaporate like the morning dew.

Though no life on this earth is exempt from trials and occasional heartaches, when our confidence is in the One who has overcome the world (John 16:33), we can live with hope in our hearts. When our trust is in God, the enemy cannot win. Instead, God will use difficult times to increase our spiritual maturity and to demonstrate that He is the sustaining power in our lives.

Lord, Your peace is a promissory note that says You are in charge—You have already overcome the world that is trying to drag me down.

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