Pastoral Letter August 2017

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27
Dear Friends,

We have recently recommenced our series in the gospel of John, and on the day this edition comes out, we will (God-willing) complete chapter 14. It contains many wonderful sayings of the Lord Jesus Christ which are striking, but none, perhaps is as apt in the present day as the verse above.

In the latter part of John 14, the Lord Jesus announces three blessings for His disciples, and all His people. One, of course, is the ‘Helper’, or ‘Comforter’ – the Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts. The second is this peace we are speaking of, and the third is knowledge. All three are closely interrelated.

There is precious little peace in the world today — not just in the sense of an absence of war and unrest, but in the personal sense — a settled, calm, frame of mind, the banishing of anxiety, clarity of thought, a slower pace for our hearts and minds. So much today is frantic, pressured, demanding instant responses, decisions, and so on.

Many folk today fret because they don’t feel safe. Whether because of terrorism, crime, or perhaps compromises in health and safety, or perhaps all three — a gnawing anxiety is eating away at the soul of our nation. This is because we are a nation who have, by and large, forgotten God. And we have done so by choice, even by demand. There is great attention being paid to the events at Dunkirk in 1940 with the release of a new film, but one part of the matter has been forgotten — that the King called the nation to prayer beforehand, and millions responded.

True peace cannot come from any source other than the Prince of Peace. True freedom and rest of soul won’t be found in any election result, bank balance or safety precaution. How we need to hear our Saviour’s voice, and trust Him. He gives His people His peace. Just ask Him.

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