The Rule of Peace

Colossians 3:14-15

14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

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

“Christians should live in peace. To live in peace does not mean that suddenly all differences in opinion are eliminated, but it does require that loving Christians work together despite their differences. Such love is not a feeling, but a decision to meet others’ needs (see 1 Corinthians 13). To live in love leads to peace between individuals and among the members of the body of believers. Do problems in your relationships with other Christians cause open conflicts or mutual silence? Consider what you can do to heal those relationships with love.” (Life Application Study Bible 2010)

The Rule of Peace

“The word rule comes from the language of athletics: Paul tells us to let Christ’s peace be umpire or referee in our hearts. Our hearts are the center of conflict because there our feelings and desires clash—our fears and hopes, distrust and trust, jealousy and love. How can we deal with these constant conflicts and live as God wants? Paul explains that we must decide between conflicting elements by using the rule of peace—which choice will promote peace in our souls and in our churches? For more on the peace of Christ, see Philippians 4:9.” (Life Application Study Bible 2010)

Work Cited

Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 2010.

How to Pray for Other Christians

Colossians 1:3-12

3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

How to Pray for Other Christians

1. Be thankful for their faith and changed lives (1:3).

2. Ask God to help them know what he wants them to do (1:9).

3. Ask God to give them deep spiritual understanding (1:9).

4. Ask God to help them live for him (1:10).

5. Ask God to give them more knowledge of himself (1:10).

6. Ask God to give them strength for endurance (1:11).

7. Ask God to fill them with joy, strength, and thankfulness (1:11, 12).

How many people in your life could be touched if you prayed in this way?

Fig 1. Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 2005.

The Day of the Lord

2 Peter 3:9

9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

A New Thing

Isaiah 43:18-19

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“Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
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Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.