Naomi started off the New Year and our new month looking at peace with an amazing post last week. If you haven’t check it out yet do give it a read. This week we moved on to this verse in Colossians:
“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
honesty is the best policy…..
I am going to be completely honest with you all. This week has been a real challenge. It has not been one that I would immediately call “peaceful”. Firstly, we were hit with lots of potentially huge bills (think car repairs, broken dishwasher, possible dentist trip kind of expenses). Then I forgot that I had to work on Friday and had no childcare sorted out (when I realised on Thursday morning!). It was just one catastrophe after another and I could feel my stress levels rising and rising. I really needed a better understanding of peace and fast.
So what did I do? I prayed. I looked at my whiteboard at work where I write my weekly verse and I asked for the peace of Christ to rule in my heart. And then I practically got on to chase up babysitters. However I still felt uneasy in my spirit, and I couldn’t figure out why? I realised on Saturday morning that it was because even though I had told my head the let peace rule, I hadn’t let it sink into my heart.
Mind vs heart
In my mind, I understood the process – we can have peace through Christ because He has taken our judgement for us by physically taking our place on the cross. We swap our burdens with him:
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30
I knew that I should be able to let his peace rule in my heart. But it was only when the Spirit took over my heart and soul (and I allowed Him to) that I truly got this. When we pray and surrender to God and let His Spirit in, that is when we can truly experience this peace beyond emotions that Christ has unlocked for us. You see we have to be able to give over our WHOLE HEARTS to Christ. To be able to properly swap burden’s with Christ He has to RULE IN OUR HEARTS. Not just dwell in our hearts, not just rule in a small part of our hearts, but to full on take over and be in charge of our hearts. Let go and let God take over and that peace really will come.
The second important part of this week’s verse is the focus on peace among Christians, within the body of Christ. This part is sooooo much easier when we are letting the peace of Christ rule in our own hearts. If we were all like this, then we would all be above our emotions and life would be easy peasy as the church. But we know this is not the case. We are the living, moving, breathing, walking embodiment of Christ on this earth, and as Prince of Peace we should be showing this to the world through the way we interact with each other. As the verse says, we were “called to peace”. So let us try as best we can to rise above our emotions and instead to let the Spirit take over with peace.
Perhaps our final clue on how to live peacefully within the church is in the last little bit of this verse – to cultivate thankfulness. If we are always looking for reasons to thank God for the church, the positives in what is going on, then that will mean there are fewer arguments, fewer disputes and a better atmosphere among Christians. You can’t always ignore things, but why not chose to let the little things go where you can and to focus on what your church does well. Thank God for every person who makes up your part of the body of Christ where you live. We are amazing after all!
Carrying on it our theme of peace, we will be meditating on the following verse this week:
“They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it” 1 Peter 3:11
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