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The Prince of Peace

October 26, 2015

Christmas time means the end of hibernation for some parts of the Bible. Passages like Isaiah 9 are brilliant all year round, but get extra special attention during the month of December:

dusty-bible-2For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

I wonder what you think of these titles. One of my favourites is:

The Prince of Peace

I reckon most of us imagine “peace” as a state of mind when all is as it should be; money is in the bank, relationships are not too chaotic, you’re not impacted by sickness, there’s no panic about the future – everything is in order and life feels calm.

Feeling peaceful in those times isn’t exactly extraordinary – but genuine peace is actually a bit more impressive than that.

Peace isn’t the absence of problems but a sense of calm in the midst of problems.

0_aaarainThat’s why the bible talks about a peace that surpasses all human understanding. Onlookers see you being calm during your current calamity and think to themselves:

“Surely someone going through that situation shouldn’t be as peaceful as that.”

But how do you get that kind of peace?

There really is only one way… you need to meet the Prince of Peace.

Only He can teach you how to be calm in the middle of the storm.

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