Thursday, July 13 | A Peace That Rules
Read Colossians 3:15–17
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Before we can truly be peacemakers and reconcilers in our relationships and our communities, we must ourselves be ruled by the peace of Christ. But again, this is not something we can just decide: “I’m going to be ruled by the peace of Christ today!” Surrendering ourselves to allow the peace of Christ to rule over us is an important piece, but we also need practices that help us remain close to Christ and other believers. This happens when we gather together in the name and presence of Jesus and express worship and gratitude to God on a regular basis. As we gather, the message of Christ—His peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness—begins to dwell in us and in the community to which we belong. Then, out of this gathering, we can go into the world with the message of peace.
- Reflect on the level of peace you have in your own heart today, or even in the last week. How grounded do you feel in the love and peace of Christ? How might you share the answer to that question with a trusted friend?
- What practices within the church gathering help you recalibrate your heart toward Christ and express your worship and gratitude to God? How do they help? How might you continue to cultivate the peace those practices bring throughout the week?
God, I long for the peace of Christ to rule my heart, mind, and body. Thank You for the reminder from Paul that this happens as I gather in worship and gratitude with other believers. This is not a journey I can walk alone. When I am reluctant to gather at church, provoke and enable me. Remind me of the peace that comes as I gather in the name of Jesus with others. Help me, too, to foster the peace these gatherings bring throughout the week, so my life is truly ruled by that peace and I can bring it into my family, friend circles, work, and community. Amen.
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