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)
One evening I arrived home from a challenging day. Walking toward the house I noticed an unexpected package sitting at the door. I took it inside, opened it, and discovered apples from a well-known orchard sent as a gift from some very thoughtful friends. Strange as it may sound, their gift changed the tone of the day, from one of unrest to one more peaceful.
Thoughtful gifts, words of encouragement, and affirmation from friends are always welcomed, for they can change attitudes and the direction of a day.
Wonderful, appreciated, and welcomed as gifts from friends are, the life altering gifts from Jesus, our perfect friend, cannot be measured. His gift opens the door of resolve to one of humanity’s most complex issues. The internal restlessness of our heart.
The world’s treasures, fame, and power do not provide lasting peace for the heart. Lasting peace stems from a singular source, Jesus Christ. And, he not only gives it, but resides forever as its guardian. Therein lies the inexplicable rest for the soul.
Seek him while he may be found.
Cause my eyes to fix firmly on you, your provisions, and promises. They leave no room for need if I will simply trust and obey what you have spoken. Amen.
“and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.”