“Let the peace of CHRIST rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
Peace WITH GOD is the eternal birthright and unchangeable privilege of all true believers but the peace OF GOD depends on the choices a Christian makes in the ups and downs of our everyday lives. GOD’s peace within becomes a wonderful internal barometer of our closeness to our heavenly FATHER and our abiding in JESUS CHRIST. —Yes, the promised peace of CHRIST is an accurate indicator of one’s standing with the LORD and is a guide as to whether or not we are abiding in CHRIST and resting in His love. The spiritual person who is walking in spirit and truth will know a peace in their heart which passes all understanding.. even in the midst of great challenges, trials and difficulties.. while the one who is out of fellowship and walking in fleshly carnality will have inner turmoil of spirit and sickness of the soul. It is a daily and often moment by moment choice to permit the peace of CHRIST to rule in our heart. He promised us His peace and it is already ours.. and as long as we steadily look to Him and away from ourselves, His peace becomes an abiding reality to all who are called by His Name.
But the peace of God can too often be hindered when a heart is devoid of thanksgiving and praise. A grateful heart that is filled with heavenly thanks and praise to GOD, is a heart that is ready and prepared to have the peace of CHRIST stream into their inner being and flow out to others - as a testimony of praise to our Heavenly FATHER.
May we with one mind let the peace of CHRIST rule in our hearts day by day and moment by moment.. for it is to this that those who are in the body of CHRIST has been called - and let us in all things be thankful.
Heavenly FATHER, I pray that the peace of GOD may rule in my heart with thanksgiving and praise, and if there is anything in my life that is preventing Your peace from guarding my heart today, I pray that You would show me. May I honor You in all I say and do and I pray that I may grow more like the LORD JESUS in my dealings with my brothers and sisters in CHRIST, so that Your peace may guard my heart and the peace of CHRIST may flow through me to others This I ask in JESUS’ Holy Name, AMEN.
Praying For You,
Pastor Wally & Sister Mattie