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The Peace of God


By Benjamin H. Liles

          And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. ~ Colossians 3:15, NKJV

           So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper]; bearing graciously with one another, and willingly forgiving each other if one has a cause for complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so should you forgive. Beyond all these things put on and wrap yourselves in [unselfish] love, which is the perfect bond of unity [for everything is bound together in agreement when each one seeks the best for others]. Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always]. ~ Colossians 3:12-15, AMP.

           I love how in the Amplified it says, “Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always].” Walking in peace: what does this mean and what does it look like? I ask because I admit I fall short of keeping His peace within myself as well as walking in it.

           Lately, I’ve been struggling a great deal wondering what am I supposed to be doing in and with my life, as well as wondering how I’m to bless others when I want to be blessed as well. I don’t mean to focus on myself, but I sometimes wonder, “God, did you forget me?” Rather, I think the writer’s intention of saying, “Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]” means that I shouldn’t be tossed about or even buffeted by the waves of life that seem to overwhelm and capsize the boat I’m in.

           If Jesus truly is in my life I wouldn’t be so concerned with my own need; God knows better than I do about my needs, as well as to my desires. I think what Paul is getting at is if some of us are called to be like Mary, sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to Him, and being the person He needs us to be, then those of us who are like that need to remain there. In short, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10, NKJ). There are so many things in life I cannot control that only God can. It is why I should be and remain at rest, allowing Him to do those things I certainly cannot.