Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Priority of Peace

In Colossians 3:15, Paul writes, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.”

In Philippians 4:7, Paul reminds the church that “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

As Jesus was ending his earthly ministry he told his followers, “My peace I leave with you; my peace I give you” (John 4:27).

Peace. It takes great priority in the scriptures. And so I want to remind you today that whatever you do, whether in word or deed, keep the peace of Jesus in your heart. Pray for it. Think about it. Dwell on it. Live in it.

Because the peace of Jesus is the hope for troubled families. It’s the solution for disgruntled citizens. It’s the remedy for rage and revenge. It’s the source of strength in the midst of sorrow.

When Jesus sent his disciples out to share the good news of life with Jesus, he said “Whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. (Matthew 10:11-13).”

Jesus, here, is counseling us to resist the temptation to let other people take away our peace. Don’t let what someone else says or does allow us to be consumed with anger, bitterness, spitefulness or vengefulness. Instead prioritize peace. For the peace of God “will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.”