These are not fairy tales

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.”

What did Jesus mean by that? What kind of peace does he offer us?

The world offers us temporary or false peace.

It tries to sell us an easy, effortless peace.

The world offers peace for sale.

Peace by force. Peace in a pill. Peace in an algorithm.

None of these can give us true peace.

True peace requires work.

It’s built on trust. It’s living with a little — or a lot — of discomfort.

True peace comes with a high price.

Jesus then said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” Why?

Because true peace comes after wrestling with the hard problems of life.

It comes after you’ve done some serious soul searching.

It comes when you forgive and ask for forgiveness.

True peace arrives after you finally open your heart up completely to God’s tenderness.

Jesus was crucified to give us peace.

A deep mystery remains there to be explored.

How far are we willing to go for peace?

This does not mean shutting down or running away.

Instead, it means remaining in the Lord and knowing he is with you, no matter how rough things get.

You hang on tight as you know your soul is safe.

This gives you courage in the struggle.

Even during the storm, Jesus slept peacefully.

The Spirit of God is the Spirit of Peace. Invoke him and know him.

He is the same Spirit that created the universe…

…the same Spirit that came to the Virgin Mary so that she might conceive a Son…

…the same Spirit that resurrected Jesus…

…the same Spirit that descended like fire on Pentecost.

These are not fairy tales.

This is the everlasting testimony of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The God of the living.

The God that yearns desperately to let you know he loves you.

That is why he sent his Son.

If you ask your heart and soul, they will tell you.

Yes, the Spirit of God is the Sprit of Truth.

Do not underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit living in you.

Let the Spirit explain to you what it means when Christ Jesus offers you his peace.   

Then let him do his good work.

Let him open up a spacious place for your spirit to roam free.

Finally, Jesus said,

“You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’

If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;

for the Father is greater than I.

And now I have told you this before it happens,

so that when it happens you may believe.”

. . . . . . .

Bible quotes taken from John 14:26-29.

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