Sunday, June 24, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Giving (13)

"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful," (John 14:27).

* Upon facing the fact that their Master was leaving, the disciples needed desperately to be comforted. Intimately acquainted with all their ways, the Lord Jesus promised them, and us, a distinctive peace to counter discouragement and fear.
Because the world didn't give it to us, the world cannot take it away.
This promised peace is as permanent as the presence of the blessed Holy Spirit, its benefit forfeited only by unconfessed sin, and regained by repentance.

* Within hours of the cross, the Lord Jesus spoke these words of comfort to His men. They, as we, had such need for the inner assurance of His utter acceptance which transcends all circumstances.
Such peace pervades our hearts through the Person and ministry of the blessed Holy Spirit.

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