From the beginning days of following the Lord, there was a rule found in Colossians, that has guided every decision I made. Give this a read, and see if it strikes you, as it always has me:
Let the peace harmony which comes from Christ rule; allow it to act as umpire continually in your hearts, deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state to which as members of Christ’s one body you were also called to live. And be thankful, always giving praise to God (Colossians 3:15)
Do you see it? This is the guiding principle that governed every decision! If I had choices to make, I followed Paul’s instructions and allowed the “peace, the ‘soul harmony’ that comes from Christ” settle the matter for me! It governed my marriage; purchasing homes and rental properties; employment; moves to other places. Everything!
I didn’t fret or worry. I didn’t bite my nails. I never even consulted Tarot Cards or Zodiak signs. Nope, I allowed that peace of Christ to decide and settle [with finality!] every question and issue. His peace ruled! You can too, you know?
The peace I am talking about never focuses on being free of any trouble. Nor does it have anything to do with our circumstances. You can be in the most difficult trial and still be able to maintain peace.
However, there are times when finding this peace is a little difficult, and, I have to warn you, it can be easily stolen. Just listen to the news some night, and you will see what I mean! If you focus on all of the negative stuff, restlessness will begin to rise up and overwhelm you. Even if you watch someone else’s success and joy, that can mess you up, as well. It might be an encounter with a difficult co-worker, and if you let it, it can destroy the rest of your day! That is why Paul, take every thought, every negative situation captive. Don’t rationalize or analyze it. Just take it captive and make it obedient to Christ’s peace! I will admit it. Sometimes it will almost feel like we have to fight for our peace. This, by the way, is when you need, more than ever, to allow the peace to rule! As Paul told the believers in Thessalonica, “May the Lord of peace give you his peace at all times and in every way.” (II Thessalonians 3:16)
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