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Peace Power

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3.15, NIV)

Peace often seems an elusive goal. We seek peace but conflict ensues. How can we know true peace? Paul gives us three tools.

First, peace begins in the heart. We must first receive the peace of Christ before we can be at peace with ourselves or with others. This peace comes as a result of trusting in Jesus who gives us peace with God (Rom 5.1). But we must allow this peace to rule as an umpire in our hearts. At any given moment numerous and conflicting desires compete for attention. The peace of Christ is a still, small voice in the midst of the clamor. It will help us toss out the inferior voices and listen only to our Shepherd.

Second, peace is a function of the body of Christ. The Lord has called us to live in peace with one another and to make every effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Eph 4.3). This requires hard work. Many times it is easier to let things go, speak against others, or hold onto grudges than to labor for real peace. But these are not acceptable options.

Third, we are to be thankful. This is actually something we can choose to do! It’s amazing how giving thanks to God can cultivate peace in the heart. It’s wonderful how expressing our gratitude toward others can promote peace in our relationships. Try it!

There is more power in peace than in war. But we must skillfully use our tools.

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