“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” – (Colossians 3:15)
The peace of Christ is the sort of calm that comes in the midst of chaos, and will cover our heart and mind, reminding us that He is in control, and has a hold of our hand. It does not necessarily cause the chaos to cease around us, but His peace presents an internal ease, in spite of things.
Rule, according to my NIV footnotes, is the very same word that would be used for an umpire or referee. That being said, He is whom we are to allow to make the calls, as the internal desires and conflicts clash. When we permit our hearts to hear what Christ has to say, we can clearly distinguish between our own feelings, and that which is of Him. If we choose to trust and allow His peace to rule, we are better able to promote peace wherever we go.
Since we are members of one body, we are called to peace. Christ’s intention for the body of believers is for us to be united in purpose, and established in love. Peace shall reign, if we are completely dependent on Him. This is not His hope, but rather, it is His call for all who believe. We are to be at peace with one another, and offer peace to those around us.
And be thankful. Always.
guide our heart and mind;
may we extend peace,
and always be kind.
May we be united,
together to stand;
do as He has asked,
obey His commands.
Allow Him to rule,
as body, be one;
unite in purpose,
and honor the Son.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our peace. Thank You that as we allow You to rule and reign in our hearts, You lead us and show us how we are to unite as a body of believers, and be at peace. Thank You that You are our reason to give thanks and praise. Forgive us for not relying on You when chaos comes, or for holding onto any unforgiveness that would compromise peace in the body. Teach us how to trust You more, so that we may live and love in Your perfect peace. May many come to know You, as they feel received and offered peace by we who believe, throughout this sacred season. Be glorified in all that we say and do. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.