LET PEACE RULE AND BE THANKFUL
Paul wrote to the Colossians because they were being led astray by various heresies. The church, which was composed of both Jews and Gentiles, was being fractured by those who were Judaizers, who thought it necessary for Gentiles to be circumcised and follow the Law of Moses before becoming Christians and then, on the other hand, those who were denying the deity of Jesus and claiming to have a higher knowledge and mystical experiences. Paul reminded the believers at Colossae what the pure truth of the Gospel was, that no works were effective or necessary and that salvation comes through faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus on the cross alone. Peace—wholeness, nothing missing, nothing broken—comes only by the power of the presence of Jesus in one’s life through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Ritual, whether legalism, asceticism, or mysticism, in and of itself will never bring peace with God. That peace can only be found in the gift of God, His Son Jesus Christ. We can rest in God’s peace because Jesus is trustworthy. If we are anxious, we are not allowing peace to rule (Philippians 4:6-7). We cannot be at peace with others except and until you are at peace with God within yourself. Once God has healed your fractured life (saved you), He can mend the brokenness in your relationships.
If today, you are anxious or feeling broken, read the following scriptures and allow God’s peace to rule.
- · Proverbs 3:5-6
- · Isaiah 26:3
- · John 14:27
- · Philippians 4:6-7
Spend time in prayer thanking the Lord for restoring your peace.