The Father Himself Loves You
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.
Jesus acknowledged to His disciples that they would suffer. He promised the same to us; we will go through difficult times during this earthly lifetime. He doesn’t, however, leave us alone to face these times. He alerted us to the fact that suffering would come so that when it does, we can have peace in Him because He has conquered the world. Because of His victory, we can have victory, too.
In the previous verses we find “these things” Jesus told the disciples. In verse 27, He assured them of the Father’s love for them because they had believed He came from the Father. Knowing that the Father, Himself, loves us should give us peace. Pain and suffering have a way of convincing us that God is mad at us or that we are being punished. God never withholds His love from us; on the contrary, He lavishes His love upon us and finds ways to extend grace to us. Every road of suffering we face is laced with grace to get us through it. We need only to respond to that grace and let His love permeate us. When we do, we find ourselves changed on the other end because of it.
You can have peace in the midst of chaos today because the Father, Himself, loves you. You can have courage to face difficult times or to undertake a challenging situation because the Father, Himself, loves you. Jesus faced the cross knowing that the Father loved Him, and He conquered the world. Know beyond the shadow of a doubt that God loves you today, and you will find yourself becoming a conqueror, as well.
Have a blessed day!