Today's Devotional Thought
November 25, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
Rule Our Hearts
I ran across a verse this morning in my quiet time that I am just chomping to share with you today. It is not even a full verse, but rather a piece of a verse that has just been sitting in my heart and has been going through my mind ever since I read it.
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)
This morning, I want to really focus on the first part of the verse: let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts....
And within this piece of the verse, I really want to camp on the word rule. As I read this verse in different translations, this word was translated govern, reign, control, and preside.
Let the peace of Christ rule, govern, reign, preside, and control your hearts....
I just love this picture of the peace of Christ ruling in our hearts. As I studied this verse, I started to think about all of the things other than Christ that can rule our hearts. Possessions. Ambition. Jealousy. Bitterness. Cynicism. Unforgiveness. Fear. Insecurity. Uncertainty over the future. Inadequacy.
There are so many things that can rule our hearts and for many of us, several of these things can rule at different times or in different circumstances. And all of these are far from peace and are all things that rob us from the fullness of life that Jesus has come to give us.
So how do we combat these other things ruling our hearts? How do we let the peace of Christ rule our hearts?
First, I think the key to letting the peace of Christ ruling our hearts is in the latter part of the verse: Be thankful. When we are focusing on what we are thankful for and fully aware of the origin of all of our blessings, that will rule and not these other things.
And also, being aware of the origin of the peace is so important. As it says, this is the peace of Christ. It comes from Jesus and we are called to live in it. I love Matthew Henry's commentary on this verse where he says, "The gospel is the word of Christ. Many have the word, but it dwells in them poorly; it has no power over them."
We need to let the Word have power over us, to rule in us, to govern us, and to lead our hearts. But so often, I am afraid that instead of letting the Word of God lead our hearts we let our hearts lead our being in the Word. It dwells in us poorly because we dwell in it poorly.
Friends, this morning, I pray that this fragment of a verse would lay on you all day. I pray that you will meditate on the full meaning of letting the peace of Christ rule over your heart. And I pray that you will fill yourself daily with the only thing that will fuel this peace ruling your heart: the Word of God. Draw close to him daily, be thankful, and let the Spirit of God that dwells within you have power over you in all situations.
What is ruling in your heart today? May it be the Peace of Christ found in the Word of God.