Colossians 3:1-5 records, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” The word “rule” in Colossians 3:15 comes from athletics meaning “to umpire”. Paul tells us to let Christ’s peace be umpire or referee in our hearts.

Believers are marked by the way they treat each other. Christians should live in peace. This does not eliminate differences in opinion, but loving Christians will work together despite their differences. Such love is not a feeling, but a decision to meet others’ needs. Jesus said in John 13:35, that all men would know we were His disciples because of our love for one another. This commitment to others leads to peace between individuals and among the members of the body of Christ.

In Genesis 13:5-9, Abraham took the initiative in settling the dispute with his nephew, Lot. He gave Lot the first choice, even though Abraham being older, had the right to choose first. Abraham also showed a willingness to risk being cheated. Abraham’s example shows us how to respond to difficult family situations: (1) take the initiative in resolving conflicts; (2) let others have the first choice, even if that means not getting what we want; (3) put family peace above personal desires.

So, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body, you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

For His Glory,

Pastor Bernie Miller