Thursday, July 2, 2009

June 11

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled."
John 14:27

Wow, looking up the meanings of Peace and Give - so many meanings!
Peace: freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity; silence; stillness; a state or condition conducive to, proceeding from, or characterized by tranquillity:
Give: to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; to place in someone's care; to furnish, provide, or proffer; and the one that seems to really stand out: to relinquish or sacrifice.

Jesus sacrificed Himself so that we can have that stillness, tranquillity, that hope! When He says He gives us a gift, we must be willing to receive it. When is says, "not like this world" I think of how others just want us all to get along, it's not like that, I believe that He wants us to have a calm assurance that everything will be just fine. When you receive that gift from somebody, how do you feel? You feel special, like the person who gave you that gift loves you so much that they thought only of you when they got it for you. That is exactly how God wants you to feel. So each time you hear the word peace - know that it is a gift that God gave you - He chose it just for you - He loves you! Accept His calm assurance that all is going to be okay!

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