When God is central in a human life, there is a steadiness and “a peace that passes understanding.” Unlike ideologies and philosophies, which change with circumstances like the weather, God never changes. A person who knows Jesus does not have to fear anything, not even death, because knowing Jesus is eternal life. He does not have to feel guilty about past actions because God has forgiven him, “and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.” Instead of guilt, fear, or uncertainty, there is peace – a peace unlike anything in the world.
God’s peace is not a result of trying harder or being religious; it comes from being “born again” – receiving an entirely new life which God gives. People often think to themselves, “If only I could start my life over . . .” and God does exactly that. This new life cannot be earned or worked for; it is a free gift. The gift is Jesus: “in Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” If you receive Jesus you will receive power – “power to become a son of God.”
A person who is born again experiences a marvelous freedom, because “whosoever is born of God overcomes the world.” He does not have to be conformed to the world in his thinking – to be fearful and worry along with everyone else. “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” Jesus said.