Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid — John 14:27 (ESV)
At the end of the day, your children want to know they are loved and that you are proud of them. Your children are protected from emotional and spiritual and even physical harm by your love for them. The best way to display this love is by praying for your children. When children know that you love them, they feel less need to find love or acceptance from somewhere else. They are less likely to join gangs or to be involved in pre-marital sex. They don’t have to try to fit in with the crowd because they have their identity and their rightful place in your family. They feel a sense of acceptance and peace.
In Matthew 5:9 (ESV), Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” By practicing harmony in our own lives with God and with our fellow man, we can become examples of peace for our children and others.
Yes, there are times when peace evades us or when we feel anxious or emotional. We feel alone, scared, inadequate, out of control. It seems there is no one who cares or who can help. It’s times like these when we should remember the One who love us, helps us, protects us, and will never let us down. Turn to Jesus in the good times and the dark times. This is when you can possess true inner peace. (Barnes, Scottie. Silent Victims. Hear My Heart Publishing, 2018)