How to have peace in your heart:
29:17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.
Peace comes when we are at one with God. It’s what atonement was all about. “Atonement” can be pronounced, “At-one-ment.” Christ was bringing us back together with the Father relationally. If we will let Him, He gives us His peace,
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
15 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
I particularly like the word, “thankful.” It’s a lot like “grateful.” Both words describe what I feel inside when I turn my mind toward Jesus. His sheer presence washes away any doubts and fears on which I have been dwelling. The apostle Paul tells us in the previous verses how God feels about us and how to receive His peace,
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14
In other letters, Paul uses the term, “put off/put on” instead of “clothe.” Either way, the idea is to set our minds on doing these things and being this way. In many ways, it’s the re-training of the mind. The Holy Spirit will grow compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience in our lives. He will teach us how to forgive, but also how to keep healthy boundaries in place, and what it looks like to put on love. He is the One who brings us peace, our at-one-ment.
My prayer for you this morning is:
Let the [peace and this] message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Colossians 3:16
Abba, Your peace means everything to me. My at-one-ment with You is all that matters. I trust You for everything in my life, so whatever You say works for me. May I work on my at-one-ment with others now–Spirit, help! Amen.