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John 16:33 (NKJV) These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Peace. Most everybody wants it but few seek it in the only place it can be found. Over the course of human history countless peace treaties have been agreed to, only to be broken. In fact, being eventually violated is the only thing we can be sure of about a peace treaty.

We make peace in our families and relationships knowing that it is simply a matter of time before that fragile peace is once again shattered.

People wonder why but ignore the true answer about why peace is allusive. The Truth is, it starts with the fact that we as individual sinners are not at peace with God. Until we make peace with God on His terms, we have nothing but a temporary and fleeting chance to make peace with each other, or to have peace in our lives.

True peace starts with making peace with God. That is only done by accepting who He is, admitting who we are, and coming to a place that can best be summarized by this simple phrase: God be merciful to me a sinner.

Once we have peace with our Creator, we now have the Prince of Peace empowering us to make peace with others, and enjoy true long-lasting peace in our own lives regardless of circumstances.

Think It Over: Seven words. Seven words that divide all humanity (“God be merciful to me a sinner“): those who have spoken them to God in sincerity, and those who have not. The former has peace, the latter does not, and cannot.