Being at Peace With Myself

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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27

Imagine if we lived in a world where peace abounds. Perhaps that is unimaginable today, but just imagine. In this peaceful eutopia, would the peace of the world naturally give me peace with myself? Not necessarily. Even though life around us may be rather peaceful, we may have serious internal conflicts that leave us very unsettled. Have you ever had that feeling? Do you have it now? Is the trouble in the world causing internal grief and pain for you?

Stop. Step back for a moment and consider the many gifts that God gives to us every day. Now be specific, with a grateful heart, reflect on the blessings that He has poured out on you. Everything you have and need is His gift of love to you.

Among the many gifts that God gives to you, did you consider the gift of peace? In this case consider the peace in your soul, the peace that only He can give and that is beyond our understanding. This is a peace, as Jesus tells us, which is far different from what the world offers. Any peace in this world can be superficial, but God’s peace is true and enduring. Because of His peace, we have no need to fear, no need to be troubled by whatever is happening around us. The world (and the nightly news) should not set the agenda for our hearts and minds.

You might be thinking now that this is easier said than done. There is so much trouble all around us, how can we have peace in our souls. Like so much in life, we need to look not within ourselves for the answer, but instead look to cross. On the cross Jesus did everything necessary to reconcile us with the Father so that we might have true peace, peace with God, peace with others, and peace with ourselves.

Today, may “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

Precious Jesus, I am in awe of Your love and mercy today. You give me all that I need in this life and for the life to come. Thank You especially for the gift of peace. When my heart is troubled by the events of this world, grant me the peace that comes only from You. In Your name I pray, amen.


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