Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
This verse (found in John 14:27) is a great reminder that the Lord gives you His peace. This is not the same as the peace you find in the world. This is real, authentic peace. Let's dig into this verse a little more.
God gives us peace "not as the world giveth". What does this mean? I can think of several times in my life when I would have a problem and I would just decide to not worry about it anymore. I would distract myself, tell myself it was no big deal (even though I knew it was!) and generally try to ignore the problem. At first I would feel peace, but it was always there, in the back of my mind...nagging. I could never shake it, no matter what I did. Then I found how to have true peace.
Sometimes I forget that I can't have real peace in any other way than through Jesus. I can try all I want to ignore things, but they always come back (and never really leave anyway). I've found that when I have a problem that I don't know how to deal with I can say a simple prayer asking God to take this problem and do with it what He will. That my life is dedicated to Him and I will do whatever He asks of me, that prayer gives true peace. Sometimes I have to do what I need to do to take care of the problem first, but real peace does come.
Anyone can have real peace no matter what they are going through. here are some steps to take to receive this free gift:
Worldly peace is like an infomercial...it seems like a good idea, but after you try it you realize you just got ripped off!
God has something much better! It's available to anyone who wants it. You can have real, true peace about anything you are going through. Take some time and follow the action steps above to find true peace.
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