I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. – John 14:7 NLT
Jesus said the words above to His disciples. In contrast, Alanis Morissette said, “Peace of mind for five minutes, that’s what I crave.” And Alfie said, “You know what? When I look back on my little life and the birds I’ve known, and think of all the things they’ve done for me and the little I’ve done for them, you’d think I’ve had the best of it along the line. But what have I got out of it? I’ve got a bob or two, some decent clothes, a car, I’ve got me health back and I ain’t attached. But I ain’t got me peace of mind—and if you ain’t got that, you ain’t got nothing. I dunno. It seems to me if they ain’t got you one way they’ve got you another. So what’s the answer? That’s what I keep asking myself—what’s it all about? Know what I mean?” (from the movie What’s It All About, Alfie?).
A calm and settled mind is one of life’s sweetest rewards. Life is good when your thoughts are free from worry and anxiety. Jesus said that if you’re looking for a calm mind in worldly things, stop looking. It isn’t there. It’s a gift only He can give us. How does Jesus give us peace of mind?
We gain the approval of God. Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law (Galatians 2:16 NLT). The approval of God is one of the main misdiagnosed cravings in our hearts. We try to satisfy it by the approval of others or ourselves, but our efforts fall short. We can only be satisfied by our heavenly Father’s love and approval. With the righteousness of Jesus, we have it fully. That persistent feeling of “I’m not good enough” can be gone.
Come back tomorrow for three more benefits we receive that give us peace of mind. What a gift!
One-Year Bible Reading
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