John 14:23-27 NRSVue
23Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words, and the word that you hear is not mine but is from the Father who sent me.
25“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
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Some thoughts on this scripture
What a prospect of learning you open up for me, Lord! The Holy Spirit is to go on teaching me to the end of my life, reminding me of your words, and unwrapping their meaning and significance in all my changing circumstances. And the sign of his work in me with be peace. My heart will be untroubled, unafraid.
Jesus' heart was like still, calm water that is both transparent and reflecting. He brings us to understand the wonder of God and to recognise God's image in ourselves. He cautions us against letting our hearts be troubled, lest we and others lose sight of where God is to be found.
I leave my troubles before Jesus and hear him say, 'Peace I leave with you.' I resist the temptation to carry my burdens alone as I consider what I might leave before him.