A healthy Christian has a peaceful heart even as they advance through the battlefields of life. Jesus Himself walked through some very tough battlefields, even before His Passion began (His “Passion” is a term that commonly refers to His suffering during the arrest, trial, torture, and crucifixion).
Jesus suffered loss, betrayal, false accusations, theft, threats, misunderstandings, physical torture, humiliation, and the like. However, He had within His soul the Spirit of Peace (the Holy Spirit), the Peace which kept Him emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually steady even while He cried, wept, and suffered. Knowing what it is like to grieve deeply and to experience horrendous pain, He gives to us His Holy Spirit, the same Peace that He relied upon.
“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
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
~ John 16:33
Are you walking through your own “Passion” today, carrying your own cross, enduring loss and grief, betrayal, false accusation, threats, theft, horrendous pain, humiliation? Jesus told us that we would go through tough times, but in the same breath He said that we can have His Peace. It’s an overcome-the-world kind of Peace! You may have to stay on the battlefield , you may have to finish walking your own “Passion” path, but in those times His Peace will enable you to be a world-overcoming warrior that is at peace.
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