Peace of Jesus (Jn 16:33) by Dr. Rich Reich

13 May Peace of Jesus (Jn 16:33) by Dr. Rich Reich

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion(FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). LeadersGuest Authors.
.Jesus suffering
“I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.  In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” ~ Jn 16:33 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections:  In today’s Gospel, Jesus promises us that we will find peace in Him; but He also warns us that we will experience suffering.  How can we experience peace and suffering?  This may be confusing to us, because Jesus does not give us peace as the world does (Jn 14:27).  Jesus gives us peace through suffering; however, not all suffering leads to peace.  When we suffer, because of our sin, we fall apart and become disintegrated.  When we suffer for being Christians, we become integrated.  When we suffer for the love of Jesus, we become one with Him by knowing Him and the power of His resurrection (Phil 3:10).  As a result, we see life differently.  Listen to what Jesus is telling us today.  Take courage, because He has conquered the world.  Do not be afraid to stand up against the world in defense of the unborn.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team.  He is married to Erica and lives in Satellite Beach, FL.  Full bio.
Faith Challenge:  
Do not be discouraged by suffering you may experience in defense of the unborn, but take courage because you are one in Christ.
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Feast Day:  
Saint John the Silent
Faith Quote:
 “Faith does not demand the removal of suffering; faith desires endurance in suffering.” ~ Robert W. Kellemen
Through Christ our Lord,
James 1:22

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