THE PEACE OF CHRIST

Colossians 3:12-17

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts to which you were called in one body. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)

We all want to experience peace in our lives, especially during difficult times. We often are filled with fear over the uncertainties we face in life. We face trials, disappointments and even tragedies throughout the course of our lives. We desperately want peace when we face these things. Here is the answer — “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts to which you were called in one body. And be thankful.”

Jesus Christ alone is our peace (Ephesians 2:14). When we come into His presence, we can experience a peace that surpasses all understanding — “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). When we let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, we know that we are secure in Him. We know that He is with us in our trials and that He will never leave nor forsake us. The key is to LET the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. We must focus on Christ and not on the circumstances. We must keep our eyes on Him and trust Him. When we do, we will experience His peace.

Expect troubles and difficulties. They will come upon us. We should not be surprised by them. Jesus said — “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Jesus is clear — “In the world you WILL have tribulation.” It is certain and we should expect it because we live in a broken, fallen world.

Jesus tells us how to find His peace — “I said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace.” They key is to keep our eyes on Him and to meditate upon His Word. When we do we will find the precious promises He has made to us. And from His Word, we know that He has overcome the world; He is victorious and His victory is our victory. Yes, in the world we will have tribulation. But we can have peace when we face it, for “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4).

Lord Jesus, I know that I can find peace in You. Let me keep my eyes on You always. Let me remember that You live in me. Thank You for the precious promises You have made to me. I know that You have already overcome the world and that You are for me. You will keep me in perfect peace as long as I trust You and delight in You.

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