Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 1:2 (NKJV)
Would you like more peace in your life?
We may think that the way to get more peace is to beg God for it, but the truth is, the more we beg for peace, the less peace we seem to experience. This is because pleading for peace causes us to focus on our lack of peace. And the more you focus on what you lack, the more of that lack you’ll experience.
On the other hand, the more you focus on Jesus, the Prince of Peace—how much he loves you and all that he’s done for you—the more grace and peace are multiplied in your life.
You can drown out negative, fear-based emotions such as anxiety and worry by overriding them with positive, love-based emotions like joy and peace. As 1 John 4:18 teaches, love drives out fear. But what does this mean? What kind of love is it talking about in this verse? Is it our love for God? Our love for others?
Actually, the love that sets us free is the love of God.
As we focus on God’s love for us, we overcome fear. We begin to experience God’s peace, and it pushes out fear, anxiety and worry. These fear-rooted emotions begin to take up less mental real estate in our minds, and are replaced by a peace that far surpasses all human understanding.
God’s love for you is so great you’ll never completely understand it. Focus on his love and the awesome plans he has for your future and you will overcome fear. And remember, Jesus is the Prince of Peace and he lives in you!