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.
—John 14:17 (NLT)
Don’t ever despair. Don’t be troubled or afraid. Jesus has left you a gift—peace of mind and heart. No, your circumstances will never be perfect. This world will never give you peace. But you know that already. You have tried to make things right and failed. You have tried to make yourself perfect and realized the impossibility of that work. You have strived and struggled until fear has claimed your heart and mind. Jesus waits for you to come to Him and give your circumstances—your despair—your fears to Him.
You can’t change what has happened—just like you can never transform your own heart. Only Jesus can. He loves you with His everlasting love. He has drawn you in loving kindness. He has plans for your life—plans that don’t disappoint but give you hope. The hope He gives never leads to disappointment because He dearly loves you. The world loves you only when you please it. He loves you in your pain—in your fear—in your misery—in your sin and imperfection. He makes right what you don’t have the power to make right. Escape is never your answer. Believing in Christ and what He promises you is your answer.
Without hope, faith has no life. Allow yourself to hope. Faith gives substance to what you hope for. It is evidence of what you can’t see. Don’t despair. Don’t be troubled and afraid. Don’t give up. Learn the truth of who Jesus says you are. Learn your right standing in Him. Your Father supplies all your needs. His arms are always open. He loves you. He has peace of mind and heart for you.
Child of God, you have peace with God and not believe it. Open your mind to be renewed by His truth, and your heart to believe it. His righteousness is yours. Jesus has given you peace with God. And His peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and mind.
© 2023 Lynn Lacher