“And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].” Colossians 3:15 (Amplified)
Whenever I get with my family, it can sound like I am at a wrestling match. Everybody talks loud and tries to out talk each other. The volume of their voices rise and rise until the loudest person “wins” the argument. Sometimes my emotions can be just as loud. I can be quiet on the outside, but inside all sorts of things are being said and stirred up. But the peace of God is still, quiet, restful, and soft. It always sides with God’s will, not with me or anyone else. It’s not trying to be the loudest person in the room, nor is it trying to win just for the sake of being right. The peace of God wants to rule in our hearts so that we can win in our lives. When negative emotions are talking loud, raising it’s voice trying to get a response from us that goes completely against God’s Word, we must learn to look to peace. Peace will tell us, “Don’t say that”, “Don’t go over there”, “Be patient”, “Listen to what they are saying”, “Relax, God has it under control”, or “Don’t eat that before you go to bed”. No matter how we feel, God needs us to receive and walk in His peace. Peace in your heart doesn’t necessarily mean peace in your circumstance. But if you had to choose, which one would you prefer? Wisdom knows that any peace that’s going to come to a situation will begin first with peace ruling in the hearts of those involved.
Prayer: Oh God I love You. Thank You for teaching me to let peace rule in my life. When my emotions get loud and try to win in my heart, help me Holy Ghost to listen to Your peace and let it rule. Quiet my soul and bring to a state of rest and harmony with Your will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.