Peace Of Mind And Heart

Peace Of Mind And Heart
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I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. – John 14:27 NLT

Jesus spoke these words to His disciples right before His crucifixion. He knew that shortly after He talked to them, they will be running for their lives, trying to avoid capture by the Jewish authorities. He was reassuring them that His peace could sustain them through the fiercest opposition and trails. Later, those words carried them forward when they had to face many challenges and persecution.

Before this they were all with Jesus on that stormy night at sea, when they all feared for their lives:

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As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.’ So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, ‘Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?’ When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Silence! Be still!’ Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, ‘Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?’ The disciples were absolutely terrified. ‘Who is this man?’ they asked each other. ‘Even the wind and waves obey him!’ – Mark 4:35–41 NLT
“I’m Still Standing.” Young woman buffeted by powerful wind is able to stand in God’s strength. (Colored pens on paper by Iann Schonken, 2016)

Jesus was asleep, undisturbed by the howling wind and the thunderous clouds of rain. They awoke him, clamoring for His attention, incredulous that He did not care about their pending demise. He just addressed the wind and calmed the waves. When everything calmed down, He rebuked them for their lack of faith. They were astonished at His authority over the elements and His calm response to what was a life-threatening situation.