A NEW INWARD PEACE AND JOY

Scripture Reading: John 15:11; John 14:27; John 16:33

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11)

Today we will look at three passages that deal with promises from Christ. As we have seen, because Jesus Christ lives in us (Galatians 2:20), we have a new control factor — “The love of Christ controls us” (II Corinthians 5:14). We also have a new power — “That you may be strengthened with all power according to His glorious might” (Colossians 1:14).

Because Jesus Christ lives in us we can also experience a new inward peace and joy. Both of these qualities are fruits of Christ’s Spirit (Galatians 2:20). Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). Notice He says that “MY JOY may be in you.” Christ’s joy is full and abundant. We can experience joy even when we go through times of suffering (Romans 5:3) because we have Christ’s joy in us.

Jesus also promised to give us His peace — “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). Again, the promise is for us to experience the peace of Christ which surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Because we have the peace of Christ, we have nothing to fear or to be anxious about — “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

In this world we will have trouble — “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). We can experience Christ’s peace and joy even when we face the troubles of this world. Christ lives in us. His joy is our joy and His peace is our peace.

Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me Your joy and Your peace. When I practice Your presence, I experience these fruits of the Your Spirit. I can rejoice even when I face troubles, because You live in me and give me Your joy and Your peace.

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