Not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
I have read this comforting verse many, many times. However, as I read it this morning, as I really took the time to think about what it was saying to me, some real truths stood out to me.
I think often we read verses, but we don’t take the time to really absorb how they are meant to transform our lives.
Here are the three things that stood out to me today: (On the surface, they are rather obvious. We need to dwell on the truth of His words and allow them to permeate our being.)
1. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you….
Who has more peace than Jesus? The answer, of course, is a simple one. No one. No one has more peace than Jesus, but look at what He said next. “My peace I give unto you”.
Isn’t that amazing? He gave us His peace! The same peace that Jesus has is IN us. Close your eyes for a minute and just think on that.
2. Not as the world giveth, give I unto you….
He is talking about the peace He gives us, but it’s not the peace the world can offer us. It’s HIS peace. This is important! Would you rather have your peace from the world, which will pass away, or from the Lord who’s words will never pass away? Let us think about where or Who our peace comes from. One will fade, the other will endure forever.
3. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid…
Do you notice He says “let not”. That means “do not let”.
These are 2 very important little words because they tell us that this is a choice. A troubled, fearful heart does not just overcome us. We have to choose to let it. If Jesus tells me not to do something, I want to do my very all not to do it. A troubled, fearful heart is not what God would have for us. It is, however, what the enemy would have for us. It makes us ineffective for Christ when our hearts are full of trouble or fear.
Matthew 12:34 says “…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Jesus is clearly teaching us that what is in our heart, will come out of our mouth. So, if our hearts are filled with trouble and fear, what will come out of our mouths? Certainly nothing that will allow us to grow in the Lord or encourage others.
This is what Jesus asks us to do, my friends. What a responsibility we have! The wonderful thing about God is that He never asks us to do something that is too hard for us. On our own, we cannot. But He gave us the answer!
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” -Jn. 14:26
God sent the Holy Spirit to guide us, teach us, strengthen us, walk beside us. He gave us the very person we need to do the very things He has asked of us. We cannot do it on our own.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches; He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.” -Jn. 15:5
If Jesus abides or lives in us, He will bring forth fruit in our lives, but without Him we can do nothing.
Abide in Him, trust in His word, and lean on Him for His strength and power to transform your life.
“But grow in grace, and in knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen” - 1 Peter 2:3
This is my prayer for myself, my family, and all of my brothers and sisters in Christ, that we would all continue to grow in Him.