Devotionals Daily: A Year with Jesus

 

From Dear Jesus by Sarah Young

My Peace is such an all-encompassing gift that it is independent of circumstances. Though you lose everything else, if you gain My Peace you are rich indeed.

Dear Jesus,

There are so many aspects of my life over which I have no control. I often feel at the mercy of my circumstances. Your all-encompassing Peace is exactly what I need! Although Your Peace is a gift, I sometimes feel unable to receive it. Perhaps that is because I cling to other things-my loved ones, my possessions, my reputation. Help me to treasure Your Peace above all of these.

Beloved, My Peace is a supernatural gift-bequeathed to My followers shortly before My death. A man who knows he will soon die wants to leave something precious with those he loves. Therefore, I “willed” My Peace to My disciples and all who follow Me. I knew this was a difficult gift to receive, especially in the midst of adversity. So, after My resurrection, the first words I spoke to My disciples were “Peace be with you!” They needed this reassurance, to reinforce what I taught them before I died. You also need to be reminded of the divine nature of this gift, for it is not the world’s peace I give you: It is the Peace that transcends all understanding!

Clinging to other things makes it hard for you to receive My precious gift. That is like wrapping your fingers tightly around a small copper coin, while I am offering you unlimited supplies of pure gold. To receive My proffered gift, you must first open your hands and your heart to Me. By doing so, you release your concerns into My care and keeping. As you receive My glorious Peace, you gain deeper intimacy with Me-the richest blessing of all!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:6-7

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.–John 14:27

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”–John 20:19

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