We have been looking at peace as the legacy of Christ and in this passage Paul is giving some instruction on how to allow the peace of Christ to rule in our hearts. Peace comes to us as we participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and escape the corruption of this present world.
In the first verses of this chapter in Colossians Paul uses terms like; “Put to death,” “rid yourselves,” and “you have taken off your old self with its practices.” He is talking about how to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. We must put off the old ways and “put on the new self which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” (v10).
Another peace issue that Paul addresses is the racial and socio-economic issues. Speaking of the kingdom of God he writes, “Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.” We must get rid of judmentalism and bigotry.
We can only continue in the peace of Christ as we are led by the Holy Spirit in righteous living and righteous relationships. It is not unusual to be working among believers and discover that they have never made the connection between their behaviors and their relationship with Christ. They see Christ as simply a fire escape mechanism and they have never developed a deep and consistent relationship with him. As a result his peace does not rule in their heart.
The very purpose for which Christ came to earth was to bring peace to the hearts of men. The only way the peace of Christ rules in our heart is to fully commit to him and walk in the righteousness that he has made available to us.
Prayer: Lord, I desire to have your peace rule in my heart, but I need your grace for righteous living and righteous relationships. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: When we participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) we escape the corruption of this present world.
Affirmation: When I received Christ as my savior I escaped the corruption of this present world by participating in the divine nature.
Reflection: All of us have known people who claimed to be Christian but there was little or no evidence of that in their life. Why do you suppose some Christians show no evidence of being born again?
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