Can we find Peace?

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 word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:15-16 NIV)

Can we find peace in the world today? There are tensions between countries, there is civil unrest within our own country and there is ongoing fighting in places that I can’t even pronounce. So is peace that hard to find? If you are looking for the peace that means “freedom from or the cessation of war or violence” then you might not find it in this world. But let me tell you of a “peace that passes all understanding.” It is the Peace of Christ.

Jesus in speaking to his disciples in John 14 tells them, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27 NIV) The Peace of Christ is different than anything else. The verse above tells us to let this peace rule in your hearts. With Jesus as our savior we have the kind of peace that the world doesn’t understand. But the test of this peace is in the church. Let me explain…

When we accept Jesus as our Christ (Messiah or savior) we are placed into one body—His body, the church. Within the church we should find peace between one another with thankfulness for those who are in the body. Then we are to let the Word dwell in us. If the Word is not taught and encouraged among the members it is not going to demonstrate the peace that Christ offers. So how are we to accomplish this task? Look at the rest of the verse…

First we must use all wisdom; this wisdom comes from God’s Holy Spirit which abides in each believer. Then through music (the singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs) our hearts are drawn to Him. Finally this is all to be done with thanksgiving. When we get these things correct, then we are truly going to find the peace of Christ ruling in our lives. Try it this week as you attend a Bible teaching, worshipping congregation near you. That’s my point for today.

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