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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Give (the Prince of) Peace a Chance

Life can be difficult at times. Financial problems, illness, work-related stress, and family crises can create worry, anxiety, and threaten our inner peace. A look at the headlines on any given day doesn't help either. The things going on in the world can be troubling and can cause despair. When any or all of these things disturb your inner peace, where can you turn?

Some may turn to meditation or relaxation techniques. Some may turn to the latest TV guru who will show the "best" way to deal with stress, anxiety, and worry. Still others may turn to destructive and addictive means of dealing with the problems and difficulties of life, such as drugs, alcohol, and gambling. When people turn to these worldly ways of trying to restore inner peace, they may find a fleeting, temporary peace. But there is a way to find inner peace that will last.

In 1969, John Lennon released a song titled, "Give Peace a Chance," which contains the lyric, "All we are saying is give peace a chance." When it comes to finding true and lasting inner peace, we need to give the Prince of Peace a chance! Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is the source of true and lasting inner peace. Jesus wants us to have peace. He does not want our hearts to be troubled and full of worry and fear. He gives His peace to us freely, but it is not the kind of peace that the world gives (John 14:27). The peace that Jesus gives is a peace that surpasses all understanding, a peace that will guard our hearts and our minds (Philippians 4:7).

Jesus knows that, in this fallen world, we will have trouble. But, He says we should take heart because He has overcome the world and in Him we will find peace (John 16:33). When we focus our hearts and our minds on Jesus, when we place our trust in Him, He will keep us in perfect peace.

All we are saying is give the Prince of Peace a chance!

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