MIXED MESSAGES

Imagine I said to you, "You are about to have a very difficult day, but don't worry, I'm at total peace with it." How would you feel? How do you respond to mixed messages? Someone says something positive, but their facial expression does not match their words, and you wonder how to interpret it. As we finish our last few weeks reading through the gospels, we see Jesus' earthly ministry coming to a close. He did His best to prepare His followers for His departure yet they were confused. In John 16:33 Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” In other words, Jesus warned His followers of pending trials, yet told them to be at peace. How is that possible in your life? When trials come your way, how do you respond?

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