Jesus replied, "Because I will only reveal myself to those who love me and obey me. The Father will love them too, and we will come to them and live with them. Anyone who doesn't obey me doesn't love me. And remember, I am not making up this answer to your question! It is the answer given by the Father who sent me.
"I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn't fragile like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid!" John 14: 23-27 (TLB)
"But the fact of the matter is that it is best for you that I go away, for if I don't, the Comforter won't come/ If I do, he will - for I will send him to you." John 16:7 )TLB)
In the last moments Jesus spent with his disciples, he warned them about the persecutions ahead of them if they were to follow him. Jesus did not share this warning to discourage and frighten them but to build their faith and help them understand the journey ahead.
Understanding our challenges can enable us to overcome them. Mark Eshun, from Central Region, Ghana, is proud to be able to testify to this truth. He has encountered many challenges in his life; but the only times he has been able to overcome them was when he understood the root of the problem and trusted in the Lord to help him through.
Knowing that it was not going to be an easy journey, Jesus assured the disciples that they would not be left alone; the Holy Spirit would be their comforter during difficult times, providing peace and consolation in the midst of struggle. This is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives - to less our worry and to calm our fear.
Mark believes that God wants us to know we are not alone - we have the Holy Spirit to comfort, teach, and renew our trust in God. We can trust God and watch for the Holy Spirit's work in our lives.
Prayer: Dear God, we are grateful to the Holy Spirit, who helps us in the challenges we face. Thank you for the peace only your Comforter can give, in Jesus' name. Amen.