Who or What Will Rule Our Hearts Today?

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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,

since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Col. 3:15

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27

Lord Jesus, today, like every day, somebody or something is going to seize the passion and preoccupation of our hearts. Some entity will “rule the roost” of our thinking, feeling, and choosing.

It might be the fear of a suspected illness or the pain of a fresh disappointment. Possibly social media or not-so-social politicians, shame from the past or uncertainty about the future will claim our attention.

It could be unmet longings or the allure of a powerful temptation, kids who never call us or regrets that won’t leave us alone. Greener grass, less stress, more happiness… the competition for our hearts is unrelenting.

But right now, in submission to the Apostle Paul’s advice, we choose your peace as the ruler of our hearts. No one is better at giving peace than you, Jesus, for you are the Prince of Peace. Because of your finished work, God is at peace with us and we have peace with Him.

We begin this May Tuesday with God’s favor resting on us, no condemnation for our sin remaining, and your righteousness declared to be ours. We are known, loved, and delighted in by the three-times holy God. “In Christ” is our current address and heaven is our certain destination. Hallelujah!

Jesus may your peace override our fears and stress, disappointments and the irritants which will vie for our preoccupation today. We control so little, but you control all things. Fill our hearts with your kindness, acceptance, gentleness, and love. May we worry less and worship more. So very Amen we pray, in your merciful and mighty name.

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