John 16:33 ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
We share the Word of God with the rest of the world, not to condemn or accuse or judge others – we share because we live in a fallen world, so full of darkness, of selfish aspirations at the sake of the oppression and persecution of others – so full of hated, of evil acts of people against other people focused on what they perceive as differences worthy of horrible and wicked acts.
Who in this world is free from pain of some sort – oppression, persecution, addiction, physical ailments, disease, death, loss, shame, guilt, depression, and so many things too numerous to list?
Who couldn’t use peace?
And this peace that Christ offers us is greater than this world, because this world’s days, this physical body’s breaths – they are numbered, they are temporary, and they will eventually come to an end. But the peace that we are promised is eternal.
And we can experience this peace in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. He doesn’t promise to make our trials dissappear, but He does promise to give us the peace to carry us through when we lean on His grace.
And even in any temporary trials, temptations, and sufferings, He will overcome them – just as He did in the evidence of His blameless life, teaching us the ways of God, suffering at the hands of people for no crimes against men, dying on the cross while still loving and forgiving those that made themselves His enemies, paying the blood sacrifice to cleanse us for our sins, and offering this free gift of grace through faith.
Yes, He has overcome.
Yes, the battle is already won.
Yes, His peace is available to a world in need of grace.
So we share with the world, so that they might know Him, so that they might hear the loving voice of the Good Shepherd who lives in us.
Because He lives.
He lives in me.
Do you know His peace?
Do you need His grace?
Yes, a renewed relationship with Him is a heartfelt prayer away. Do not delay if you know you are in need.