Troubled and afraid?

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

I was reading some Oswald Chambers, and he mentions this verse. It resonated with something I read when I was little – a novel called Julie of the Wolves. Julie’s father had said to her “Change your ways when fear seizes, for it usually means you are doing something wrong.” (p23)

There is some simple truth to that, but now I realise that is because it agrees with what Jesus teaches here in John. He gives us peace by leaving us the Holy Spirit; if we feel troubled and afraid, we are doing something wrong. Either we do not have the Spirit, or we are pushing it away and letting other things (the world) dominate our heart.

I just mention this because I was rather on the troubled and afraid turf, and find this motivating to start changing my heart.


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