“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 (NIV)
In the same way our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ suffered terribly in the hands of men, being a faithful Christian does not guarantee safety from external trouble in the wicked world we live. Whether being a believer or not, we are bound to deal with many trials and temptations of various kinds including but not limited to: natural calamities, sickness, wickedness and tragedy in this life. However, God gives us the strength as Christians to walk through all these tribulations and persecution with peace and determination because Jesus overcame the world through his suffering and bloodshed on the cross. Attempting to seek for peace anywhere else apart from Christ is often a bait since the world only offers peace that comes with a heavy price to pay and yet Christ has already paid the price for His faithful followers by bleeding for sinners. Knowing well that both Christians and non-Christians cannot avoid trouble, let us stick to deriving perfect and eternal peace that withstands all circumstances through the blood of Christ.
Therefore, as a follower of Christ, if you trust Him and walk with faith in what God has promised you with a thankful heart, being grateful for every slight blessing received, you will live a joyful and peaceful life.
This is the third in the “Persevere Under Pressure” series of blog posts and is written by PEER Servants volunteer Alemi Todoko, originally from Koboko, Uganda and now residing in Juba, South Sudan.