The Rule of Peace - Your Daily Forward Devotional


The Rule of Peace


September 17


Read Colossians 3:15 (ESV)

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.



How would it impact the body of Christ if every believer allowed the peace of Christ to rule in their hearts?


What rules your heart? What guides your actions? When you are faced with a tough choice, how do you make a decision?


In today’s verse, Paul says that it is peace that should rule in our hearts. But what does he mean by that? And what is the peace of Christ?


The peace of Christ is two-fold. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, the wrath of God towards us was satisfied. Earlier in Colossians, Paul wrote that we were formerly alienated from God and hostile towards Him. We were enemies of God until He reconciled us to Himself (Colossians 1:20-21). His blood brought us peace with God.


Because we are at peace with God, we can also experience peace from God. This is the feeling of inner rest and security. It is this peace that surpasses all understanding that guards your heart and mind (Philippians 4:6) This is peace that keeps calm. We know that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39) and He will take care of us (Philippians 4:19).


Which peace is supposed to rule in our hearts, peace with God or peace from God? Both.


Think of the peace of Christ as a judge making a ruling in court. The judge tries to make a ruling that best applies the law to the current situation thereby bringing justice and helping to keep the peace. In the same way, when we apply the rule of peace to our decision-making, we should ask ourselves: “Which option obeys the laws and commands of God?” Since we are at peace with God, we want to live in a way that maintains that peace. The option that is within the will of God and within His boundaries for our lives should always prevail.


A good judge also considers the well-being of others. How will their ruling impact the lives of others? Likewise, we apply the rule of Christ’s peace when we make decisions with the well-being of others in mind. Paul reminds us that we have been called to unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we are making decisions we should ask ourselves: “Which option promotes oneness and peace among the body of Christ?” “Which option promotes the well-being of the most vulnerable among us?” The choice to look out for the well-being of others tends to come naturally to those who have the peace of God reigning in their hearts.


And finally, a thankful heart is a peaceful heart. Grateful hearts are generally content and not anxious. Hearts full of gratitude generally appreciate the people around them which promotes peace in their relationships. Thankfulness helps keep the peace.


Friends, when we let the peace of Christ rule, we experience peace both in our heart and minds and in our relationships with others. What’s ruling your heart? What changes could you make in order to be more at peace?



Jesus, thank You for Your sacrifice that brought me peace with God. It brings me so much security and assurance to know that I have been made right with You. Help me to let Your peace rule my heart and guide my decisions. May I be a peace-maker among Your body. Amen.


~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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5 months ago
These things have always been here, but technology has brought so much more of it literally into the palms of our hands via our phones. We see so much more of it than we ever did. The behavior is not new; however, it is available, glorified, and sensationalized now more than ever. Through technology, we see what others have and we want it too. God is bigger than all of it. Yes, we must have gratitude over greed and recognize that we have nothing, including life itself, without God.
9 months ago
Lord Jesus, I desire to have Your peace in order that I may cease to feel frustrated, anxious and without hope. My Lord, You alone can give the peace which passes all understanding, and I look to You to quiet my aching heart as I look upward for Your divine touch, simply speak Your peace into my life. You can do that... only Lord Jesus.
9 months ago
It's in my heart to praise the Lord, no one can do me like Jesus and I will uplift His mighty name always
9 months ago
9 months ago
Praise God. Amen. Our God is bigger, stronger, powerful and all knowing. So full of Grace and Mercy. By showing us hope and belief he made the hardest decision and how miraculous was that. God is so full of. Love that's all he wants is us to know him talk to him love him and he made a huge sacrifice to once for forgive us by the blood of Jesus God himself came to be born be and walk this is earth to be bo tree NJ s baby in a manger. He was called Jesus. If we believe by God's grace we are saved. And that peace to ask Jesus to come into your heart repent and ask forgiveness to walk inn faith and hope all our days for the day God takes us home. Listen wait on the Lord. That peace brings forth fruits. Thank you zJesus
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