Words from the Heart for Wednesday October 14th, 2020
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)
The Peace Bridge is an international bridge between Canada and the United States at the east end of Lake Erie, at the source of the Niagara River, about 20 kilometres upriver of Niagara Falls. The building of the Peace Bridge was approved by the International Joint Commission on August 6, 1925. Construction began in 1925 and the first car was driven across the bridge on March 13, 1927 by Edward Lupfer, the project’s chief engineer. On June 1, 1927, the bridge was opened to the public.
I’ve never seen a better definition of the peace the world offers than what Ellen Degeneres once said: “I get those fleeting, beautiful moments of inner peace and stillness – and then the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day, I’m a human trying to make it through this world.” The peace the world offers is so fleeting and impermanent. What a contrast to what Jesus says 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.” The peace that Jesus offers is so much different to that which the world offers. The peace of Christ comes the moment that we confess our sins and trust Him to remove them. When He does, they are gone forever and peace reigns in our hearts. Not for just 15 minutes a day, but throughout each day. It comes with the absolute assurance that God loves me and all is right between me and Him. That peace carries me through life and death, into the Kingdom of His Son.
These have been words from the heart.