"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." Colossians 3:15
I don't often think of being "called to peace," do you? And yet, if we quiet our hearts long enough we will hear Jesus whispering peace to our hearts, calling us.
"Peace be unto you," he told his disciples.
"Don't be afraid."
"My peace I leave with you."
Being called to peace means that like any calling, it may take a little effort on my part to prioritize it and make it a reality. It means saying "no" to anxious thoughts, and replacing them with thankfulness. It's funny how often giving thanks is coupled with peace in scripture. It's like they go arm and arm together.
Today, let God's peace rule in your heart.
Turn off the cable news - it is robbing you of peace. (I bet you already knew this, huh?)
Find a way to bless someone else.
Write down five things you are thankful for, and then thank God specifically for them.
Pray for your enemies. Not prayers of destruction, but prayers of blessing. Try it.
Go outside. Open your arms wide to God and give him praise.
Meditate on scripture. Write out Colossians 3:15 or another verse and work on memorizing it. It will transform you.
I'm convinced that the peace of Christ should be a hallmark of what it means to be a disciple. It's an unhurried grace that stands out in a loud, angry world that thrives on fear and worry.
But don't wait for peace to arrive on its own. It's a calling that must be answered.
Go out to meet it.
Respond to His call with thankfulness, prayerfulness, and choosing to bless others.
Let His peace rule in your heart.