We’ve been reading through the “Moravian Texts” – the read-through-the Bible plan put together by the Moravian Church a couple hundred years ago. We are now making our way through the Gospel of John, written by John, the disciple who probably knew the personality and character of Jesus better than anyone. John paints a vivid portrait of Jesus in his book, a picture that quite literally compels us to love Him.
In John 14 we see Jesus comforting and supporting his followers – who are heading into a very traumatic season in their lives with “Do not let your hearts be troubled…”
“Do not let…” Of course our hearts, our emotions and our will, given the slightest chance tend to drift and dwell on troubling thoughts. Fears come naturally to us. But Jesus challenges us to refuse to give in to an inner state of anxiety. And he seems to believe there’s at least some choice in the matter…
If our hearts are not at peace, it’s because we have let them go their own natural way.
Paul, another follower of Jesus urges us to “capture every thought,” scrutinize it, interrogate it, and kick it out if it’s not anchored in love, peace, joy. “Let peace be your umpire,” Paul is saying. And when our thoughts don’t comply with peace, we yell, “You’re out!”
“Father, it’s true, my thoughts are not your thoughts. Yet you’ve also said that “I have the mind of Christ.” Wow. I will take that promise in faith today. When I don’t know what to feel or think I will receive your disciplined mind, devoted to love, trust, and joy. So direct my thought today, and may they reflect your peace and tranquility, joy and zeal, love and forgiveness. In Jesus…”