“‘I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid’” (John 14:27, NLT).

Religion has been called a crutch for weak minded people. Those who see it this way think they don’t need any help to get through life because they are strong and capable. They wouldn’t be caught dead trusting in some fantasy about an all-powerful being who created the world but can’t prevent tragedies. What they don’t understand about Christianity is Jesus hasn’t given us a crutch—he’s given us the gift of peace of mind and heart.

This translation (New Living) says the world can’t give this gift; others say God doesn’t give the way the world gives. Both are correct—nothing in this world can give us peace of mind and heart, which is not a crutch, but part of the mind of God. His way of giving is different too. It’s not conditional, limited or done grudgingly. When he gives, he goes all out and he doesn’t take anything back. His peace is the perfect gift and just what the world needs.