“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.” (Colossians 3:15a from Colossians 3:1-17)
When looking at the letters of Paul, it is interesting to see and consider how each location of believers was doing (according to Paul) in the Christian faith. One way to tell is how Paul opens his letter to each group. For the Colossians it went like this;
“In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God.” (Chapter 1 verses 3 to 6)
Ignore the slightly preachy note, because Paul would sound like that in any letter he wrote. Instead look to see if he commends or exhorts. For the Colossians it is commendation of their faith.
Skipping then to the passage for today, one can safely assume that they were doing what as Paul was telling them to, letting the “peace of Christ rule” in their hearts and fulfilling the call of being as one body. Indeed this entire passage reads like a sermon, encouraging believers and building on the faith that had already been laid.
Can I assume gentle reader, as Paul did with the Colossians, that you have faith in Christ Jesus and that you have love for all people? Have the daily reminders all of this year helped you pull up your “spiritual socks” and caused you to be more intentional in your interactions with others? I know reading these passages and commenting on them have made me more mindful of how I interact with others. And has made me realized what a privilege it is to create a gentle and compassionate workplace for my employees, and encourage them to pass on that gentleness and compassion to the clients they do care for. And it has been a privilege to comment on these passages. I look forward to next year when we will take up a different theme as presented by Third Way Cafe through their daily “Sip of Scripture.”
I hope and pray that peace does rule your heart and that it is the peace of Christ that is inlaid there. Selah! And shalom for all of us this day.