Yesterday before the Lord’s Supper, I was informed of something a couple of our boys did that was against the rules. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy, but praise the Lord, I controlled myself. Thank You, Lord. I had short conversations with the boys involved and then the bell rang for the service.
This morning the Lord gave me what I needed for the devotional. After the boys brushed their teeth, we met in the sala. I said, “This past week we studied the last week of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. During this week, we can get an emotional high talking about what Jesus had done for us and when the week is over, we tend to forget. It is not over after the resurrection. The Lord knew what His disciples would be going through, and He was with them.
The disciples were together and were sad and scared. They locked the door because they were scared of the Jews. When we are sad or scared, don’t we do the same? We don’t want to be around anyone. We want to be alone. Yet, there is no door or heart that Jesus cannot enter. Jesus came to reassure His disciples, and He reassures us. He came to give us peace. Not peace between us and the world, but peace between God and us.
Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Peace be with you!’ When we are troubled and scared, doesn’t He tell us the same? Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
When Jesus was born, the angels praised God. Luke 2:13-14, “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.'”
Jesus gives us peace. He is peace. When He died on the cross, He took all our sins upon Himself. He was resurrected and gave us peace…peace between us and God. When the curtain was torn in the temple from top to bottom. It was God. There is nothing between us. We can be with Him.
God said, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, “who has compassion on you.”
Yes, we will have problems while we are here on earth. There is not one person alive whose mountain has not been shaken. Yet the promise of God remains true. He is here for us. He is here to give us peace. Our Lord, full of compassion and mercy, will not be shaken.
So how can we have peace? Jesus tells us, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” We need to be in step with the Holy Spirit. We need to forgive and be forgiven. When we forgive, our Lord forgives. When we are forgiven, we will be with Him. Jesus said, “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
“I do forgive those who were disobedient of the rules at Casa, but the problem is not with me. The problem is with our Lord. When Potiphar’s wife wanted to have sex with Joseph, he said, ‘…How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God.’ We need to make things right with the Lord.”
Afterwards, I prayed with the boys and sent them off to school. How can we not love the Lord?
Our little one is sick, so she went back to bed. Within ten minutes of school starting, the secretary called and said one of our boys vomited and doesn’t feel well. He was sent back to the dorm. I took his temperature, gave him meds for pain, a bottle of water to hydrate himself and sent him upstairs to bed. A day of rest does wonders. Maria, the nurse, came by to check on both of them in the afternoon and sent our boys back to school in the afternoon. He didn’t look happy. Our little one remained on the sofa.
Lee and Candy