Colossians 3:15 (NET) Let the peace of Christ be in control in your heart (for you were in fact called as one body to this peace), and be thankful.
Let- meaning to yield or to allow. The peace of Christ is always available to the saints, but they must choose to yield to it and not obstruct it.
the peace of Christ- Peace means tranquility, harmony, and calmness. By Christ’s character, nature, life, work, and sacrifice, we see His peace. We should follow His examples and mission to pursue peace.
Isaiah 9:6 (NET) 6 For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us. He shoulders responsibility and is called: Extraordinary Strategist, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Ephesians 4 (NET) 1 I, therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live worthily of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
be in control in your heart – meaning we are commanded to allow Christ’s peace to umpire, direct, control, govern, and rule our thoughts, emotions, and actions. When there is a storm within, let Christ’s peace control the storm.
Lessons from the video- First the umpire is in charge of the game. We should let Christ’s peace be in control in our hearts. Second, do we find ourselves reacting to situations like George Brett (sorry George)? Our challenge is to let Christ’s peace rule within.
(for you were in fact called as one body to this peace) – the body is referring to the church which is called to have peace, harmony, and unity within itself instead of hostility, strife, and division.
Discussion Question: Has anyone experienced church dis-unity?
and be thankful – meaning to be grateful to Christ, for everything, and for others.
Discussion Question: Why would Paul add this one word regarding thankfulness after primarily talking about peace?
Thankfulness goes along with peacefulness, but ingratitude causes discontentment and strife.
Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.
Is the Peace of Christ the Umpire in your Heart?
I am the way, the truth, and the life. I am love. I am the Prince of Peace.
Yield to My peace!
Do you feel discontentment growing? Do you feel anger and resentment growing toward specific people – including those within My church? Umpire those thoughts and emotions that are in your soul, and let My examples of peace be the rule in how you respond. The Saints are your brothers and sisters. You will be living with them eternally. Therefore, pursue peace with them. Be thankful for them instead of allowing bitterness to swell.
Also pursue peace with unbelievers. Don’t allow bitterness to ruin your Christian testimony toward those who are still lost. See the big picture. Think about their bleak eternal future and respond with that in mind.
Disagreements will come. Most disagreements can be worked out by going to them directly. Sometimes disagreements cannot be worked out. In that case, stand for what is right, respectfully agree to disagree, be humble, put yourself in their shoes, have compassion for them, love them, forgive them, and pray for them.
Make every effort to keep peace with God, others, and within yourself.