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God’s Peace

I don’t remember a time in my days on this planet that this nation has been more divided and in uproar.  There have been seasons of unrest to be sure but nothing quite like this.

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As we read the headlines or hear the commentators, it would seem the world is spinning out of control.  In many ways, I fear it may be doing just that.  But before you buy a one way ticket to a deserted island to live out the rest of your days there in solitude, remember this:  God said that he will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).

As he was getting ready to make his way to Jerusalem for the final time, Jesus gathered his disciples and 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.” (John 14:27)

Do not be afraid . . .

When we think about his peace we need to remember one important truth.  The peace of Jesus – that peace that far surpasses human understanding – is not the absence of struggle but rather the freedom from anxiety in the midst of struggle.

So today, as the headlines continue to bear more bad news – remember – Jesus offers peace to all who will surrender to him and accept it.

Stay close!

Do not be afraid . . . just believe.

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