Today’s devotion is based on John 14:25-27, where we hear Jesus say to his disciples,“ 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 told them he was leaving. He told them he was going to suffer and die. And he said to them that they would have a very specific job, repeating the things he had told them. The disciples had anxiety; their hearts were troubled, just as we would be if someone we loved told us they would suffer and die.
Jesus did not just cause anxiety. He also relieved their anxiety. He told the disciples that after he was gone, the Holy Spirit would prompt them to remember what he told them—with no mistakes. After the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, the disciples would be able to preach and teach and write the New Testament of the Bible confidently, knowing that the Holy Spirit was making sure that every word was correct.
God’s love for you in Christ Jesus gives you peace and takes away anxiety. You can also speak words that take away anxiety for your loved ones. Because of the peace that you have in Jesus, you can speak words of forgiveness to them. Because you know that the Bible is true, you can talk about the truth to them in love. When your heart is troubled, when you feel anxious, Jesus promises you peace.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit that he would guide us into all truth by means of your Word and reveal to us the righteousness of Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.