Shalom

from Lynda Lindsey

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. John 14:27

If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—-the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:15-17

On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him. John 14:20-21

Sin separates and divides, disrupting and disturbing both our relationship with God and our inner well-being. Our sin nature, inherited when Adam and Eve rebelled against God, alienates us from God. Yet God graciously provided a way to bind together that which has been separated and divided, restoring peace and harmony. Jesus, God’s provision for life, is the way, not merely a way, to a life of peace with God. Jesus emphatically stated no one comes to the Father except through the Son. Through Jesus’ death we are reconciled to God, resulting in inner rest and peace, both now and in eternity. For the lost ones? Jesus is the way. For the confused, conflicted, doubting ones? Believe Jesus; He is the truth. For the wounded, dying, at-the-end-of-the-line ones? Embrace Jesus; He is the life, the source of all life, and all we need for life. 

In the loss of our cell phone or daily planner, we often lament, “I’ve lost my brain!”  Indeed, that’s how it feels when our calendar disappears. We are deprived of necessary information, from grocery lists, times and dates for doctor’s appointments, and addresses, phone numbers, and email contact information. How will we remember to do what’s important? In a similar fashion the Holy Spirit is our Rememberer. Jesus, not wanting to leave us as orphans and knowing His death was imminent, promised another Helper to be with us and in us. The Holy Spirit helps, comforts, teaches, and reminds us of truth. What sweet assurance! Our Rememberer brings to our minds spiritual truths; He teaches, reminds, and empowers us to live God honoring lives. The Spirit’s presence of peace with us and in us makes us whole and complete in Christ. 

Simple, yet complicated. Easy, yet difficult. Straightforward, yet enigmatic. Jesus is in God and God is in Jesus. We are in Jesus, thus we too are in God. Because Jesus lives, we live. The very Spirit of God is both in us and with us in the world, guiding, helping, reminding, teaching, prompting our repentance when we sin, and giving us true Shalom, true peace. Our bodies, temples of God’s Holy Spirit, are not our own. They belong to Him who bought us with the price of His shed blood. Jesus promises to show Himself to those who love, obey, and trust Him. Look for evidence of Him…He’s everywhere!