“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
In this verse, Jesus promises us that if we accept Him, we will have peace.
Even as we struggle through the terrible storms in our lives, we will have peace, an inner calm no matter the circumstances.
Others may persecute us, but we know that the Lord stays with us and will never leave us or betray us (Joshua 1:9; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5).
We will always, always, have peace in the arms of Jesus. In the worst pain of our lives, spiritual or physical, if we keep on trusting in Jesus, we will have peace.
“In the world you will have tribulation…”
All who believe in God have or will experience some form of harassment for simply claiming to be Christian. Jesus doesn’t excuse us from that, not at all. He says loud, plain and clear that yes, indeed, we will have tribulation. There’s no escaping it. Even if not many people have said badly of us for being Christian, Satan still tries us. Again and again, Satan tempts us and tells us we’re no good and puts little seeds of doubt in our minds that can get big, like a grain of sand in an oyster. Yes, we will have tribulation.
But with the promise of tribulation comes the knowledge that “I have overcome the world.”
No matter how hard it gets, no matter how many people harass us, Jesus has conquered sin. Jesus has conquered death. Jesus has conquered this world, and Jesus has the power to save each and every one of us.
So what do we do?
One way Jesus reaches the unsaved (and the saved) is through His people. Through the love of the saved and the bitterness of the unsaved, God has reached millions of lives through other lives.
As one saved, if we have faith, we can move mountains – don’t you think changing lives bit by bit would take the same amount of faith?
1 John 5:4: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.”
Oh, and another verse – this one for help with tribulation:
John 15:18: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”
In other words, when we are hated because we love God, we can always know that God experiences the same thing. When people hate us, they don’t really hate us – they hate God. And you know what? That isn’t our loss.
That’s their loss.
( Peace quote courtesy happyheartandmind.com; hands picture from http://www.flickr.com/photos/freg/2462380423/ )