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Hitting the Mark February 2018

To keep peace in our family, we must have God’s peace in our hearts

Hitting the Mark
Devoted to Unity & Peace – Part 5

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12-17

Key Verse: Colossians 3:14

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

The Apostle Paul gives us another tip on how to hit the mark of keeping unity and peace in Colossians 3:15: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” To keep peace in our family and in our church community, we must have God’s peace in our hearts. This is what God calls us to, as verse 15 says. In other words, God enlists us to be people who are not only saved from our sins but are agents of peace.

The key to having peace is to determine to let God’s peace rule in our hearts. This is a decision that we must make each day, and sometimes many times a day. We can let people and circumstances rob us of our peace if we don’t do some intentional work in this area. The first step in letting God’s peace rule in us is to take note of the thoughts coming to our minds. The evil one starts in our minds; that is where the battle begins. He suggests scenarios of why another person said or did something that hurt us. The devil wants our minds to meditate on all the negative possibilities of those situations. If we allow that, then our emotions get involved, we can feel our heart rate rise and our anger begins to boil; all this because of thoughts that may not even be true! We must get control of our thought life, not allowing the devil to insert negative thoughts about people before we even get a chance to talk it out with that person. We stop this process by catching it early and praying immediately for that person and the situation, asking God to bring peace between us and the other person. Force your mind to imagine what God wants to do in that person’s life and your relationship with them. (Continued)

Father, I will let peace rule in me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.