Daily Advent Reflection: 16th December 2020

John 14: 25–27

These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper,
the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all
things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 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. (NKJV)

These verses are part of Jesus’ farewell discourse to his disciples on
the night before his death. This was to answer the disciples’ anxious
questions as Jesus had spoken about his departure from them.

Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would help them
remember what he had been teaching them. The disciples were
eyewitnesses of his life and teachings and the Holy Spirit helped them
remember without taking away their individual perspectives.

We can be confident that the gospels are accurate records of what
Jesus taught and did. The Holy Spirit can help us in the same way. As
we study the Bible, we can trust him to plant truth in our mind,
convince us of God’s will and remind us if we stray from His will.

The end result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is deep and lasting
peace. Worldly peace is defined as the absence of conflict, whereas
the peace given by Jesus means freedom from any anxiety concerning
the past, present and future as we follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

John Roberts

Dear Lord, thank you that I can come to You with every care and Your
peace will guard my mind. Amen.