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November 17, 2020 Promise of Comfort and Peace - Jack Brisendine

People seek comfort and some sort of peace in their lives. Humanity needs hope.


As the year 2020 continues to unfold, we find this has been perhaps the most difficult and stressful time in most living people’s lifetime. We are witnessing: Covid-19 virus pandemic raging with at least 668,910 deaths around the world (WHO, 7 months in), supply shortages, millions of people losing their jobs, wild politics, riots, racial tension, gatherings of more than 10 people restricted, churches temporarily closed, and a fear from lack of control over many things impacting our lives. Many people are without comfort, peace, and hope. Millions of people are wondering if security and their “normal way of life” is a lost thing. I know of people who are super sensitive to many of these occurrences and are feeling quite anxious (Christians can be impacted also). The Christians that I know, are seeking God’s gift of peace of mind and are finding comfort. We need to share the comfort and peace with others that God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4).


Jesus Christ offers comfort, peace, a life full of hope, and the confidence of a secure eternity to all that seek Him!


Scripture speaks of the comfort provided by Christ. Christ provides us with comfort so we can know and understand comfort, and then share it. The best teacher is someone who has experienced the very thing they wish to impart to others. Christ is the perfect teacher.


2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV) “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”


Philippians 2:1-5 (NIV) "Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."


Faith in Jesus not only provides peace, but can bring about healing as we see in the following scripture.


Mark 5:30-34 (NIV) "At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, 'Who touched my clothes?'

'You see the people crowding against you,' his disciples answered, 'and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, 'Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.'"


John 14:27 (NIV) "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."


When Christ gives peace, scripture says,

Romans 8:6 (NIV) "The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace."


John 16:33 (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


Thoughts

Who is better qualified to demonstrate peace than those who have experienced God’s peace firsthand?


Have we asked for and found God’s peace and comfort?


We are comforted by Christ—not to make us comfortable, but to make us a comforter, a dispenser of peace.


A Christian witness begins with a life at peace with God—forgiven, cleansed, comforted.


Amen

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