Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Peace For the Troubled Heart

Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful" (John 14:27).  Most people desire peace.  The world's idea of peace, however, is far different from the peace provided by God.  The world views peace as the absence of war or distress; spiritual peace is obtained by the presence of God.  The world bases peace on its resources; God's peace depends on relationship with the Lord.  The peace the world offers depends on personal ability; the Christian depends on spiritual adequacy in Christ.  The world enjoys peace in the absence of trouble; Christians enjoy peace in spite of trials because of the presence of power from God.  People in the world walk by sight and depend on externals; Christians walk by faith and depend on eternals.

There are several sources for the peace offered by God.  The hope of heaven at the end of life's road enables us to bear joyfully with obstacles and battles along the way (John 14:1-6; Romans 8:18).  There is no need for Christians to have troubled hearts for the Lord of heaven and earth is in control and He is our Father (John 14:7-11).  The avenue of believing prayer is a wonderful medicine to soothe a troubled heart (Philippians 4:6-7).  The child of God need not experience a troubled heart because God has not abandoned him and left him hopelessly exposed to the evil one (Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).  Many yearn for peace and have never found it.  Their souls are tormented with guilt and regret.  Do you enjoy the peace that only Jesus can provide?

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