Scripture: Memorize Colossians 3:15. Let it slowly sink in.

What is more valuable than peace with God? Priceless. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1). This peace is relational unity with God, and His life flows into you with His sense of well-being.

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (Jn. 14:27). The world understands peace as the absence of conflict, but His peace is intended to keep us even when there is trouble.

Jesus said, “Do not let your heart be troubled,” warning us that many things will attempt to steal our peace: worry, fear, uncertainty, insecurity, rejection. The list is long. As it turns out, our peace with God is something we have to protect.

Paul describes a way of life—or as I like to put it—a way of doing life with Christ: “Let the peace of Christ rule (umpire) your hearts.” The spiritual formation words “consolation” and “desolation” are shorthand for: (1) now I am experiencing His peace, and (2) now I am without His peace. One consoles, the other devastates. Peace means all is well; it’s loss is a silent alarm.

Becoming sensitive to the loss of our sense of peace is our basic operating system for guidance, for being shepherded by Christ. We feel connected, all is well. We don’t feel connected, we need to do whatever it takes to reconnect.

Jesus said, “Blessed are you when you mourn; for you shall be comforted.” Or a favorite, “Come to Me, all who are weighed down, under it, feeling it; and I will give you rest.”

Thought Questions:

1. Will you memorize Colossians 3:15, “Let the peace of Christ rule your heart”? ___________________________

2. Are you becoming sensitive to the presence or absence of His peace? _________________________

3. When you lose your sense of His peace, what do you do? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

4. How might you learn more about letting His peace umpire your heart?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Prayer Time:

• Invite the Holy Spirit to come rule in your heart.

• Pray through Romans 5:1, “There having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

• If your peace has been disturbed, accept Jesus’ invitation to come to Him now. Be still with the Savior and allow Him to minister to you.

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