25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The Gift of Peace
by Lana Lyman
John 14:25-27 (NLT) “I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit —he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. 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.”
When Jesus was about to be crucified, He told His disciples that He would be leaving them a gift: peace of mind and heart. Out of all the things He could have given them as a going away present, He chose peace. He could’ve left them with joy—we could all use a little more of that in our lives. He could’ve left them with patience—they would certainly need that in the days ahead as well. Perhaps faithfulness would’ve been good too—I’m sure some walked away when the persecution got to be too much to handle. Instead, He leaves them with peace. He knew the suffering that lay ahead, not only for Himself but for His disciples also. He knew the trials they would face (and even warned them of it). What could be more valuable than peace? It truly was the perfect gift.
If you’ve walked this road long enough, you’ve no doubt faced some trials, and if you’ve walked this road with the Lord, you’ve no doubt experienced peace in the midst of the storm. It’s unexplainable how that happens.
Isaiah 26:3 tells us, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
The gift of peace is not only a gift He gave the disciples, but it is a gift He gives us today when we trust in Him and keep our hearts and minds fixed on Him—“peace of mind and heart”.
As we go through this holiday season—even in the midst of a chaotic world—isn’t it wonderful that as children of God we can enjoy peace? So many are longing for peace, especially at this time of year, and we can have that peace as long as HE remains our focus. When times are good and when they are bad. Even in the middle of life’s greatest trials.
His gift of peace is ours for the unwrapping this holiday season.