His Peace is Yours
Jill’s husband, John, asked her to sit down on the couch and close her eyes. Then he stood in front of her holding a sheet of paper.
“Okay!” he said with delight, “open your eyes!”
When she opened her eyes, she saw a receipt with a picture of a Fitbit. “Your Fitbit is on its way.” Jill responded exactly as he hoped! She jumped up with the paper in her hand, celebrating as if she already held the gift in her hands.
“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 14:27 NLT
Two dictionaries published more than 200 years apart, express similar definitions of peace. Webster’s Dictionary from 1828 defines peace to mean “Freedom from agitation or disturbance by the passions, as from fear, terror, anger, anxiety or the like; quietness of mind; tranquility; calmness; quiet of conscience.” The second definition comes from Merriam-Webster’s current online dictionary, referring to “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.”
Jesus’ gift of peace is all yours!
Jesus offers you a gift of peace unlike anything available in the world. Your decision to receive His peace, even when you can’t feel it, can be similar to how Jill received the Fitbit that hadn’t arrived yet.
When we take Jesus at His Word, and accept His gift of peace by faith, we celebrate and act as if it’s on its way! A shift happens in your mind when you expect God to bring about His promises.
Today’s One Thing
Sit down and close your eyes for a moment. Imagine yourself awaiting a gift from a friend. By a gesture of faith, hold your hands together, palms up, ready for someone to put something in your hands. Now receive the peace Jesus has for you. Sit quietly and let His peace wash over you.