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 NIV
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 16:32-33
Jesus offers us peace. He does not promise to take away all of our problems. In fact, we will have countless trials and frustrations, but through all the heartache we can still have peace.
How is it possible to have peace in the midst of adversity? I think the first key to peace is that we, as Christians, can be confident that God will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). We can be comforted by God’s presence and His love.
Another key to peace is prayer. Ask for God’s peace and direction. We should seek His wisdom about the best way to handle our difficulties.
Praying for wisdom and reading the Bible to find out what God has to say about various issues are two very important steps on our road towards peace. When we discover what God wants us to do, we should do as He commands. Jesus tells us in John 14:23, ““Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” This brings us back to our first point: peace is found in God’s presence. This verse helps us understand that obedience is necessary for a close relationship with God and for us to experience peace in the midst of our heartaches.