Sermon on the Mount: Day 31

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

Read John 14:25–27
All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 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.
Jesus knew we humans—and even His followers—would be subject to worry and anxiety. He didn’t believe that once we put our trust in Him, we would suddenly be worry free and fully trusting. He knew that the state of the world and the state of our fallen humanness would tempt us to fear. And so, He was sure to tell His disciples two truths before He left the earth. First, He said He would send the Holy Spirit to be with us, to guide, help, and remind. Second, He said He was leaving His peace (not a worldly peace) with us. As we surrender to the Spirit and live into the peace of Christ, our worries and fears quiet.

  • What does it mean to you that Jesus knew you would have times of worry and anxiety? 
  • Reflect on a time you’ve experienced peace in a harrowing or difficult situation. To what do you attribute that peace? 
  • What practices or relationships help you surrender more to the Holy Spirit’s help and guidance and live into the peace of Christ, which is already yours?

God, as an act of trust, I place my worries of today in Your hands. Calm my mind and heart and grant me Your peace. Amen.

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