Let the Peace of Christ Rule in Your Hearts—Colossians 3:15
“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)
My husband is a huge baseball fan; not of baseball only but a enormous fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Which means many hours during the summer are spent watching games, checking scores on his phone, and even driving to St. Louis to be able to sit in the stands and root for His team.
I am not a baseball fan, however one position in baseball is of interest to me. That is the role of the umpire. In the world of high technology and instant playbacks, it has not as of yet affected the role the umpire plays in this game. What this person does is make calls during plays. Their call is based on what they see, what they know to be true as outlined in the rules of the game, and most importantly their call is final. It is not up for negotiation or second guesses once it is made. In other words, the umpire is the final authority when it comes to baseball.
‘As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved’ we also have an umpire in life to be the final authority and that referee is peace. This is how the Amplified describes this; “And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]” (Colossians 3:15 AMP).
In a world of chaos and turmoil, we can let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts and call the shots. It can play umpire, keeping us in a place of rest. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). We can rest in Christ, in the truth we know that brings freedom (John 8:31-32) and let these things settle us into a place of continual heart & soul peace.
“The Lord give strength to his people; the Lord Blesses his people with peace” (Psalm 29:11).
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