May 8, 2014
Understanding the love of God is the first step in allowing the peace of God to flow through your life to others.
Colossians 3:15-16 “15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
My recommendation is to make sure you understand Colossians 3:5-14 to understand fully what we are to put off in our attitudes and actions and what type of Godly garments we are to put on in our daily walk with Jesus. Without the full understanding of what God has done for Christians and the Godly attributes He has given us to wear, a person can never fully have the peace of God, much less let that peace rule and reign in their heart. The Greek word for rule means to arbitrate or to govern. This is telling us that the peace of God in our hearts should be the governor for all of our actions and attitudes. Remembering that we “Christians” were called into “one body”, not multiple bodies clumped together. Paul gives us a perfect explanation of how we should function as the body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12:12-26. Not one normal person would cut off their own hand if for some reason it offended them and yet brothers and sisters in the Lord are cut off daily from each other for simple offences and doctrinal differences that fall outside of the truth of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for our salvation.
Verse 15 concludes with “And be thankful”, as if letting the peace of God rule our hearts is not enough we are also commanded to be thankful. We are not only to be thankful for our own salvation, but are to be thankful for our fellow brothers and sisters who answered the call to salvation. Even if you may not like a person for whatever reason, surly you would not want them to go to Hell and as God forgave you; know that He wants to forgive them also. Put all of this together; from putting off our worldly attributes and actions, to putting on our Godly attributes. Coupled with “let the peace of God rule in your hearts”, and it would be impossible to receive an offence or have any type of dissension between Christians. The accuser of the brethren has been cast down (Revelations 12:10), and yet Christians still bite and devour one another, even within a single family.
At this point someone is saying to themselves; “now we are back into works again, how are we supposed to be able to live up to this standard?” For starters Christians are only perfect in their inner man the new creation, not in the flesh (John 3:3). God knows that we are still walking here on earth in our fleshly condemned body, but He has provided us with a means to overcome along with extending us His grace not to be held accountable for it overnight. Paul even says in Philippians 3:12 “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me”. We will never become perfected until the day we meet Jesus face to face in heaven and receive our glorified bodies as He has. Remember that Paul wrote this letter sitting on death row, in a Roman prison. If anyone had a natural reason to walk in bitterness, anger, wrath, etc it would have been Paul who was in prison for preaching the truth of Jesus Christ and Him crucified: he had broken no other laws.
Paul has given us the solution on how to strengthen our spiritual man toward the upward call of God, thereby enabling us to put off all of the deeds of the flesh. He has brought a simple point to the light that many Christians, too busy spinning their wheels in earthly attempts to walk holy, cannot see or comprehend. Read verse 15 carefully. Paul has given us the “how to” for living a peaceful life with God and how to communicate with our fellow Christian believers. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly with all wisdom. There is no way you can comprehend the gospel of Christ or begin to glean His truths by just showing up to church once or twice a week. Showing up is good and listening is even better, but Christians need to study the word for themselves and ask the Holy Spirit to bring all understanding into their hearts. I cannot say enough for admonishing or encouraging one another with God’s word. This should always be done with “AGAPE” love and not as a whip for wrong doings and misunderstandings. The word of God is sharper than a two edge sword (Hebrews 4:12), if you cut someone with it you are actually cutting yourself as well. Remember we are all of the same body of Christ. Singing the word of God with grace in your heart to the Lord is the best antidote for a heavy heart and makes it very hard to receive an offence.
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