John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
The peace that the world gives is not the peace that Jesus refers to in this passage… “not as the world giveth”…. but the peace that comes from within you when you know who you are… and you no longer are swayed or “tossed to and fro” by every “wind of doctrine” (what others have to say about you or to you).
Years ago, during a time of realizing what it was that Jesus was referring to in this passage and considering how influenced my own life and living had been as a result of what others had said to me, taught me, what people said the bible said about me…. I came to realize that when we are being tossed to and fro by every “wind of doctrine”… (what others have to say)… it is to show us that the real issue is that we’re not living or have come to be confident in who we are….based on what is within us… therefore the peace that Jesus speaks of in this passage… isn’t able to be “received”.
Our heart is troubled, when we are trying to live up to something that is not coming from within us, that is the view or opinion of someone else or what someone else has told us that the bible says about us, to us, or what God says about us, rather than what it is that we know within ourselves.
No one, not a single person alive knows you better than you know yourself. Being honest with yourself, about yourself, and what you know of yourself is the first place to begin in returning to the peace that passes all understanding.
Realizing, how far away from who you really are from within yourself, that you’ve allowed the “winds of doctrine” to take you…. isn’t something to be upset about either…. it is for our learning and gaining wisdom… so that once we have that peace again… we will know how it all began… so that we will not again “let your hearts be troubled”… for we will know for ourselves what it was that caused our hearts to be troubled to begin with.
So today, be encouraged, as you read this post…. don’t let your heart be troubled… weed your garden of the views of yourself and the opinions of you that others have of you, what they have said to you, or about you… or even what you think that they might think of you… and be content in who you are….Let your hearts not be troubled, neither let it be afraid!!