“I told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble. But be brave! I have defeated the world!” (John 16:33)
“The love for equals is a human thing–of friend for friend, brother for brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely. The world smiles. The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing–the love for those who suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, the unlovely. This is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world.
“The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing–to love those who succeed where we fail, to rejoice without envy with those who rejoice, the love of the poor for the rich, of the black man for the white man. The world is always bewildered by its saints. “And then there is the love for the enemy–love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured’s love for the torturer. This is God’s love. It conquers the world.”
And this is how the power of the world, the realm controlled by Satan, was defeated when Jesus accepted his Father’s will to go to the Cross. He broke and defeated the power of sin and death and insured that death would not have the final say. So in the midst of the worst of it, we can take heart and have peace.
Not because things are easy, but because they are temporary.
Our peace is not in the absence of strife or troubles, but in Jesus and what he has done to make our future sure.
Stay close in this trial, Lord, and help me to remember your faithfulness and your triumph. Help me be brave …and at peace, right now, in you.