Jesus and Stress: Another devotion for Week 2

“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

What do you say to your friends when you pass each other in the hall? What about when you’re leaving?

There was a phrase they would great each other with in Jesus’ day, one that many Jews still use today:

Shalom, which simply means peace to you.

Jesus took shalom and super-sized it.

  • He not only offered a word of peace, Jesus promised a gift of peace.
  • His presence brought peace of mind to those around Him and the soon to come Holy Spirit would bring peace to all future believers.
  • His death on the cross brought true peace of heart because it forever made things right between God and man.

The world can offer you some pretty peaceful things, like the beauty of a sunset on the beach, or the sound of a gentle rain. But nothing can match the complete peace only found in Jesus. When your stress seems to be over the top, thank God that He lives in you and that as His child you have peace with God now and forever.