Thursday, February 26

John 14:25-27

“All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Counselor, 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. 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.

 

Jesus was preparing his disciples for what about to take place, his arrest, trial, and crucifixion. He knew they weren’t capable of understanding at that moment, but they would remember. The Trinity is an impossible concept for us mere mortals to fully comprehend. Our understanding has human limitations. As if God coming to earth in the form of a human, in Jesus, experiencing rejection, torture, and death wasn’t enough to show His incomprehensible love for us, he also provides the Holy Spirit to be our guide and counselor always.

 

The world tells me to be afraid, to fall into the what if’s. What if someone doesn’t like what I’ve done or said, what if I can’t meet payroll, what if something happens to someone I love. What if… fill in the blank. When I feel the anxiety creeping in I know I can call on God. The Holy Spirit is with me always. He reminds me whose voice it is that would keep me worried and discouraged. He reminds me I am a child of the Almighty God. Just as a hug soothes a child, God’s love through the Holy Spirit engulfs us, calms us, and gives us reassurance and hope. He gives us the peace of Christ. The Holy Spirit reminds us to do as Jesus taught, to serve one another, to love one another as He loved us.

 

Prayer

Dear Lord, your ways are higher than our ways. You are beyond our ability to understand, but still the very essence of whom we are meant to be. You are my creator, I belong to you. Thank you, Lord, for your love, your wisdom, your grace and your mercy. Thank you for the lengths to go to in order to bring us into your presence and into your will. Thank you for your son, Jesus. Thank you for the Holy Spirit residing in me who grants peace beyond understanding. In Jesus Holy name, Amen.

 

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