Marriage and Family

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“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

This morning I spent some time with our pastor and his wife looking at scripture. He directed us to John 14. I have read John 14 dozens of times. Isn’t it amazing how God can speak through a verse that you have read over and over again, and then at the perfect time God speaks through that verse.

We all go through seasons of life. In this season, my wife has been out of town quite a bit. She has been driving to school. She has been driving to clinical. She has been staying overnight out of town due to the length of her days. I am so proud of my wife. I am also so looking forward to this season being over…

Lately, my heart has been troubled. If I am honest…lately, I have even been fearful… It’s not comfortable. It doesn’t feel good. It’s definitely not peace.

So, what do I do?

Jesus said that He gives peace. He says this right in the middle of a passage of scripture speaking of Holy Spirit. Apparently, I need to allow Holy Spirit to do more work in me! Jesus said that His peace is not the same as what the world offers. His peace is different. If He is the One giving it, then I better make sure that I am trying to receive it from Him and not from other sources…

A few ways that I have learned to receive Peace from Jesus:

  1. Make a Choice to Not Worry (I really struggle with this)
  2. Pray General Prayers of Worship to Him
  3. Pray for Others (My Family, My Church, My Community)
  4. Pray for Me
  5. Think on Right Things (God’s Word!)

What have you learned about receiving peace from Jesus?

Marriage Scripture

Ephesians 5:22-33