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March 24

No 1 Thessalonians 3:16
2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV)
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
 
And also with you! Paul ends the book of 2 Thessalonians with a blessing for those who are being persecuted for their faith. This is Chris writing. I remember walking through the junior high hallways worried that I didn’t fit in, but I made friends. I remember in high school worried that I wouldn’t have a prom date, but I had one. I remember in college worried that I didn’t study hard enough for a final exam, but I graduated. I remember the first sermon I gave worried that I would let everyone down, but I didn’t. I remember before I got married asking myself, “am I going to be a good husband and father?,” but so far I think I’m doing good. You see, worrying is something that plagues us and our comfort can’t come from ourselves. I still worry today about things, but realize that most of them are out of my control. The true peace that we all long for comes only through our Savior and in this blessing that Paul gives the church – we can only come to the realization that Jesus is our true peace.
 
Because of John 3:16, we can relinquish our worries and give them to Jesus and ask for His peace to come upon us and be with us in every way. Remember today, that the Lord of all Creation, the Savior of the world, the Messiah, and yes, your Friend is always with you!
 
Questions:
What worries do you have right now that are holding you back in different areas of your life?
 
How does John 3:16 help bring you peace to the worries you have?
 
Activity:
Find a quiet place today, write out all your worries. During prayer time lift up all of your worries and after each worry read 2 Thessalonians 3:16 asking Jesus to give you His peace.