“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.” John 14:27-29 (NLT)
Peace of mind and heart, is something we as humans seek every day of our lives. We have many different names for it, like happiness, or love, and even financial success. These things though, will not give us the peace we truly seek. It is temporary or fleeting. They fill a small hole or gap in what we call our heart and for a short time we are content. Yet, as time goes by the restlessness returns, and we are off again looking fo the next thing to give us some peace.
Jesus says two very important things here, first that His peace of mind and heart is a gift; and second, it is a peace the world can not give you. What do you do with a gift? You accept it and open it. The peace that some of us spend our entire lives looking for, is a free gift laying right on our door step. Go get it! Open it up and receive true peace of mind and heart. Jesus clearly states it is not the peace the world gives us. Please brothers and sisters, stop looking for this peace in success, money, relationships, and things of this world. The peace we seek is in Jesus Christ! Look what Jesus tells Thomas just a few verses before this one:
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NLT)
What we seek is in Jesus Christ, in Him is our peace of mind and heart. In Him is forgiveness, love, grace, mercy, truth, strength, hope, and rest.
Father, I pray today we seek your greatest gift to us, the gift of your one and only son, that today we me find our peace in you. Lord, let us rebuke the false teachings of the world, let us not fall for the traps and snares for the false peace of mind the world offers us today, instead let us turn towards you, seek refuge in you Father God, Lord I pray that we rest in your loving arms today, surrendering our lives unto you, receiving our gift of peace of mind and heart, in the name of Jesus. Amen.