“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
Colossians 3:15 NKJV
Christians should live in peace. To live in peace does not mean that suddenly all differences of opinion are eliminated, but it does require that loving Christians work together despite their differences. Such love is not a feeling but a decision to meet others’ needs (see 1 Corinthians 13). To clothe ourselves with love leads to peace between individuals and among the members of the body of believers. Do problems in your relationships with other Christians cause open conflicts or mutual silence? Consider what you can do to heal those relationships with love.
The word rule comes from the language of athletics: Paul tells us to let Christ’s peace be umpire or referee in our hearts. Our hearts are the center of conflict because there our feelings and desires clash—our fears and hopes, distrust and trust, jealousy and love. How can we deal with these constant conflicts and live as God wants? Paul explains that we must decide between conflicting elements by using the rule of peace. Which choice will promote peace in our souls and in our churches? For more on the peace of Christ, see Philippians 4:7. (Tyndale Study Bible)
I was speaking about the Holy Spirit yesterday. It can guide us daily. Read the Bold commentary again. Paul explains that we should use the rule of peace. What will choice will promote peace? And we have the Holy Spirit to guide us.
The important part to me however is, we still have to examine our hearts and make the right choices. The Bible, the Word of God, is our reference to everything. It’s our Google to live. Everything about being a Christian is about doing; it’s not only about hearing the Word of God, it’s about doing.
Just as the scripture says let the Peace of God rule in your hearts, its a choice, you have to make a choice. As it says we are called, but it would be worthless if we don’t react.
“Lord, I pray for your Peace. I pray for right choices. In Jesus name. Amen.”