Scripture: Read Colossians 3:1-17…but keep memorizing 3:15.

Notice Paul’s train of thought, all centered in the cross:

1. “If you have been raised with Christ”: faith identity.

2. “Set your minds on things above”: devotional life.

3. “Put to death”: sexual sins, anger, lies, etc.

4. “Put on then”: Christ’s character, His righteousness.

5. “Put on love”: live in Christ’s community, the church.

6. “Let the peace of Christ rule your hearts”: living out the cross life.

Think of having an app on your phone that shows up green for “in the peace” and red for “not.” Consolation, desolation. Peace is your lifeline. Guard it. Be sensitive to it.

Jesus’ cross was all about reconciling your relationship with His Father and making it possible for you live every day in His peace. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).

Thought Questions:

1. Are you able to see Paul’s logic in moving from being united with Christ to living in His peace?______________________________________________________________________________

2. Can you see how important it is for you to see yourself as having been with Christ in His death and His resurrection? ______________________________________________________________

3. How would you say your faith in Christ is doing? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

4. Are you becoming more sensitive and alert to the presence of His peace? ___________________

Prayer Time:

• The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ. Invite Him to make you aware of Christ in you.

• Praise and worship your Savior for being your Peace.

• Ask the Lord to give you people to encourage in their walk with Christ.

• Pray for your church to practice living together in love.

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