Words from the Heart for Monday January 4th, 2021
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)
If there is a nation on earth that has a national troubled heart, it is South Sudan. It has been torn apart by unabated military conflict of one sort or another for the past six decades. In June 2017, Canada announced an additional contribution of $86 million to assist famine and war-ravaged South Sudan. That’s on top of the $36.9 million Canada gave to South Sudan in March of that year. Canada continues to send over $100 million dollars a year to support the refugees.
I have noticed lately that there are more and more people taking a break from social networking and the news. I don’t blame them. It is too easy to get caught up in the negativity that marks our world. There are days that I google “good news” and spend some time catching up on some happy or heartwarming things. Someone once said that bad news travels fast. Good news takes the scenic route. I believe this is true. Jesus understood the world in His day, and said this to His followers in John 14:27: “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.” There is so little peace in this world. Sin has brought about so much conflict, both between people and nations and within the human heart. Jesus came to destroy that sin and to bring peace. The peace He provides to those who love Him carries us through the most challenging times. It removes fear and replaces it with a confidence that Jesus has our lives under His control. Have you experienced His peace?
These have been words from the heart.