Let the Peace of Christ Rule
Pastor Steve Ellison
Peace is a marvelous quality to have. In fact, peace is part of the nature and character of God. Having peace in our hearts just might bring about spiritual awakening and real revival in our churches which would spill over into our communities. Isaiah 9:6 introduces Jesus as the Prince of Peace. The angels in Luke 2:14 announced peace among men because the Messiah is born. Christ the King, in His great Sermon on the Mount in which He laid down the laws of the kingdom, declared that those who make peace will be called sons of God (Matthew 5:9). Making peace is a far greater thing than simply refraining from breaking the peace. Sharing the gospel is our only method of making peace. On the night before He was crucified, Jesus told His disciples that He was giving them a different kind of peace, one that was uniquely His (John 14:27). Romans 5:1 tells us that we have peace with God because the death of Christ justified us.
Colossians 3:12-15 commands us to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” (NASU) Letting the peace of Christ rule is not some mystical idea that we could never measure and can only hope for. This passage gives simple to understand (but hard to do) instructions that if followed will lead to letting the peace of Christ rule.
Colossians 3:12-15 gives practical instructions that will lead to having a spirit of forgiveness. If we practice compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and bearing with one another that will go a long way toward cultivating a forgiving spirit. If we combine love, which is the perfect bond of unity, with this forgiving spirit, then we will be letting the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. Peace is a gift from Christ who is the Prince of Peace. Our job is not to manufacture peace but rather to simply allow Christ’s peace to rule in our hearts. We do that by following the instructions in Colossians 3:12-15.
Please note that in verse 15 specific reference is made about the church allowing the peace of Christ to rule in our hearts. The peace of Christ should be found in the hearts of church members. I love Psalms 122:6-9 in this connection, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you. "May peace be within your walls, And prosperity within your palaces." For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, "May peace be within you." For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good. (NASU) Psalms 133
is encouraging in this area as well, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard,Even Aaron's beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing — life forever.” (NASU) Peace and unity in His people is where God commands His blessings to flow. ..……..…..firstname.lastname@example.org