Flowing peace
(The Philippine Star) - May 27, 2018 - 12:00am

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.— John 14:27

“I’m not surprised you lead retreats,” said an acquaintance in my exercise class. “You have a good aura.” I was jolted but pleased by her comment, because I realized that what she saw as an “aura” in me, I understood to be the peace of Christ. As we follow Jesus, He gives us the peace that transcends understanding (Phil. 4:7) and radiates from within — though we may not even be aware of it.

Jesus promised His followers this peace when, after their last supper together, He prepared them for His death and resurrection. He told them that though they would have trouble in the world, the Father would send them the Spirit of truth to live with them and be in them (John 14:16-17). The Spirit would teach them, bringing to mind His truths; the Spirit would comfort them, bestowing on them His peace. Though soon they would face trials — including fierce opposition from the religious leaders and seeing Jesus executed — He told them not to be afraid. The Holy Spirit’s presence would never leave them.

Although as God’s children we experience hardship, we too have His Spirit living within and flowing out of us. God’s peace can be His witness to everyone we meet — whether at a local market, at school or work, or in the gym.— Amy Boucher Pye

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thank You for welcoming me into Your circle of love. May I share Your peace with someone in my community today.

READ: John 14:16-27

When we keep our mind on God, His Spirit keeps our mind at peace.

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 1-3 and John 10:1-23

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