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.

By the Will of God

Colossians 1:1

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

By the Will of God

“Paul was an apostle ‘by the will of God.’ Paul often would establish his credentials as chosen and sent by God because he had not been one of the original 12 disciples. Apostle means chosen and sent by God as a missionary or ambassador. By the will of God means that he was appointed; this was not just a matter of his own personal aspirations.” (Life Application Study Bible 2001)

Work Cited

Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 2001.

According to the Riches of His Glory

Philippians 4:10-14, 19

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

“Are you content in any circumstances you face? Paul knew how to be content whether he had plenty or whether he was in need. The secret was drawing on Christ’s power for strength. Do you have great needs, or are you discontented because you don’t have what you want? Learn to rely on God’s promises and Christ’s power to help you be content. If you always want more, ask God to remove that desire and teach you contentment in every circumstance. He will supply all your needs, but in a way that he knows is best for you . . . .” (Life Application Study Bible 1998)

According to the Riches of His Glory

“We can trust that God will always meet our needs. Whatever we need on earth he will always supply, even if it is the courage to face death as Paul did. Whatever we need in heaven he will supply. We must remember, however, the difference between our wants and our needs. Most people want to feel good and avoid discomfort or pain. We may not get all that we want. By trusting in Christ, our attitudes and appetites can change from wanting everything to accepting his provision and power to live for him.” (Life Application Study Bible 1999)

Work Cited

Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. pp. 1998-1999.