Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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 (NIV))
Do you feel that you are a member of Christ’s one body?
Think about that concept for a moment and then truthfully answer the following questions.
Have you ever caused unrest or anger among other believers?
Have you ever held a grudge against someone in the Body of Christ for what had taken place in the past?
Have you refused to forgive someone who is a member of the Body of Christ?
I am not sure how you define peace, but if you have answered yes to any of these, it does not sound like the peace of Christ! Too many people define peace as the absence of conflict. If you stop to think about the complete range of emotions and events that just come short of conflict, we have opened ourselves up to a vast array of sinful behavior that is in no way related to the peace of Christ. In fact, we are told exactly how this will be treated.
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
(1 John 3:14-15 (NIV))
How do we allow the peace of Christ to rule in our hearts?
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
(Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV))
In essence, we are to love each member of the Body of Christ as if they were us for we are all members of the one body.
Does the peace of Christ rule in your heart?
Are you thankful for the peace of Christ?