April 6, 2024

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Colossians 3:15 - And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.


In Colossians 3:15, the apostle Paul exhorts the Colossian believers to let the peace of Christ rule in their hearts. This peace is not just the absence of conflict, but a deep, abiding sense of wholeness and well-being that comes from being reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ. It is the peace that Jesus promised to His disciples in John 16:33 when He said, "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." Paul reminds the Colossians that they were called to this peace in one body - the church. As members of Christ's body, we are united together in Him and called to live in harmony with one another. When conflicts and disagreements arise, we are to let the peace of Christ be the deciding factor in how we respond. We do this by humbling ourselves, bearing with one another in love, and being quick to forgive as Christ has forgiven us (Colossians 3:12-14). Paul also links peace with thankfulness. When we are ruled by the peace of Christ, it leads to a heart of gratitude. We recognize that every blessing we have is a gift from God, made possible through the reconciling work of Christ on the cross. Even in the midst of trials and hardships, we can give thanks because we know that God is sovereign and working all things together for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28). Ultimately, the peace that Paul speaks of is not something that we can manufacture on our own. It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit that is produced in us as we abide in Christ (Galatians 5:22). As we surrender our lives to Him and allow His Word to dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16), the peace of Christ will increasingly rule in our hearts, guarding us from anxiety and fear and filling us with joy and gratitude.


The peace that Paul describes in Colossians 3:15 is a precious gift that is available to every believer in Christ. It is not a superficial, fleeting feeling, but a deep, unshakable confidence that comes from knowing that we are reconciled to God and secure in His love. No matter what storms may be raging around us, we can have peace in our hearts because we know that Christ has overcome the world. However, experiencing this peace is not automatic. Paul commands us to "let" the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. This implies that there are forces at work that would seek to rob us of our peace - things like worry, fear, bitterness, and self-centeredness. We must actively choose to submit our thoughts and emotions to Christ and allow His peace to have the final say. One of the keys to letting the peace of Christ rule in our hearts is to cultivate a heart of thankfulness. When we focus on God's goodness and faithfulness, it puts our problems and concerns into proper perspective. We realize that God is bigger than any challenge we may be facing, and that He is working all things together for our ultimate good. Gratitude also helps to guard us against grumbling and complaining, which can quickly rob us of our peace. Another important aspect of experiencing the peace of Christ is being in right relationship with others in the body of Christ. Paul reminds us that we were called to peace in one body. When we are harboring bitterness, resentment, or unforgiveness towards others, it hinders our ability to experience true peace. We must be quick to extend forgiveness and grace, just as Christ has forgiven us. Ultimately, the peace that Paul speaks of is a supernatural peace that comes from abiding in Christ and being filled with His Spirit. It is not something that we can generate on our own through positive thinking or self-effort. As we spend time in God's presence through prayer and meditation on His Word, the Holy Spirit works in us to produce His fruit, including the peace that surpasses all understanding. In a world that is filled with chaos, conflict, and uncertainty, the peace of Christ is a precious gift that we desperately need. May we learn to let His peace rule in our hearts, guarding us from anxiety and fear and filling us with joy and gratitude. And may we be quick to extend that peace to others, pointing them to the One who is the source of all true peace.


Heavenly Father, thank You for the incredible gift of peace that is available to us through Christ. We confess that too often we allow the cares and concerns of this world to rob us of that peace. Forgive us for the times when we have allowed worry, fear, or bitterness to take root in our hearts. Lord, we ask that You would help us to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. When the storms of life threaten to overwhelm us, remind us of Your faithfulness and goodness. Help us to fix our eyes on You and trust in Your sovereign plan for our lives. Give us hearts that overflow with thankfulness for all the blessings You have poured out on us. May our gratitude be a shield against the enemy's attempts to steal our peace. Help us to be quick to forgive others and to extend grace, just as You have forgiven us. Most of all, Lord, we pray that You would fill us with Your Holy Spirit and produce Your fruit in our lives. As we abide in You and allow Your Word to dwell in us richly, may Your peace increasingly rule in our hearts. May we be a people who radiate Your peace to a hurting and broken world, pointing others to the Prince of Peace. Thank You for the promise that one day, we will experience perfect peace in Your presence forever. Until that day, help us to walk in the peace that You have provided for us through Christ. In His precious name we pray, Amen.