Read Colossians 3:12-17
When our minds are set on the truth of what God has done — His love, His power, His mercy, His grace — we know the peace of God. And it changes everything.
Peace. It means wholeness. Like when all the parts of a whole are complete and working together in unity.
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon says this about the kind of peace that Paul writes about here: “According to a conception distinctly peculiar to Christianity, (it is) ‘the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoerer sort that is.”
Jesus Christ let Himself know death. He died. Then He conquered death — for Himself, for us — so that you and I can know peace. Now He lives, having conquered death, making a way for us to live in this assurance of salvation, unafraid of whatever may come.
We have this peace. We know His peace. But until we let it rule our every passion, desire, and heart-intiated thought, we will not live as He designed us to live.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (v15).
That word “let” means something like “act as an umpire”. So we let the peace God secured for us be the filter through which we experience life.
How might your life change if you were to let God’s peace make every call for every part of every moment of your life?
Would it change the way you relate to your spouse in the midst of dealing with a wayward child? Maybe it would transform your drive to work, even when you’re running late and everyone else on the road seems to be taking a leisurely Sunday drive.
If you were to allow the peace of God actually rule in your heart, how might it affect your next doctor’s visit? The phone call you’ve been dreading? Lunch with your co-workers?
When we filter all we encounter through the peace that God has made a way for us to have, our lives are different. We start doing things in His name, finding purpose in the mundane, freed up to stop worrying.
Give it a try. Start today. Let God’s peace be the umpire for every part of everything you do. Then take note. And thank Him.