“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15 (ESV)
Peace. It is a word that goes beyond the absence of struggle or war or trouble. According to Stromg’s Lexicon, the Greek word εἰρήνη (eirēnē) means quietness, prosperity of one’s soul. It also refers to being joined as one.
Think about that as you look at the words “peace of Christ.” What does that mean to you? It says to me, “Be so at one with Jesus Christ that He rules and reigns over your heart, and there you will find stillness and rest.”
Likewise, and the verse continues, we are to be unified with Jesus as the body of Christ. It is corporate as well as individual. We are called to live at peace in unity with other believers, in the common bond of love through Jesus Christ.
One of my favorite promises for our life on earth is, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27, ESV). Let me ask you: what is robbing you of peace today? What has you unsettled? Whatever it is, remember: the peace of Jesus Christ is yours. It belongs to every believer. Have faith and rest in Him.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (James 4:7-8a, ESV). Don’t give in to the temptation to worry, doubt or be anxious. Accept in faith that God is firmly in control. Let go of the troubles that draw you away from the Lord. Drop them, “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world” (1 Peter 5:7-9, ESV).
Do it tonight.
Do it now.
And be thankful.
You are loved.
You are loved.