April 5, 2021

What Does Colossians 3:15 Mean?

What Does Colossians 3:15 Mean?

Colossians 3:15 (NIV) Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.


Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

Last week in our study of Colossians 3, Paul gave us several traits we are to imitate as followers of Christ. Today, Paul adds 2 more awesome qualities we are to embody as he writes here in verse 15, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."

Now if we take that scripture and go back to the original language, one word just absolutely makes this scripture come alive and that word is "rule." 

Literally, the sentence says, “Let the peace of God umpire in your heart.” Paul’s using a scene from the Greek Olympic games where the umpire called all the shots. In the same way that an umpire decides who’s disqualified from the games, Jesus’ peace is to be the umpire of your thoughts AND he is the umpire in disputes among Christians. 

So, for example, when negative thoughts come into your mind that don’t line up with God’s Word and they cause you to feel anything but peaceful, the peace of God comes into your life as an umpire and tells those negative thoughts where to go. 

Or whenever Christians are in a disagreement, whatever action maintains peace and is in accordance with God’s Word, that is the course to be taken. 

And second, Paul says to always be thankful. Have you ever noticed how much gratitude is associated with peace? You may recall back in Colossians 2 verse 7, Paul said that as our roots grown deep into Christ, our faith will grow strong, and we will overflow with thankfulness. Tomorrow, Paul will address thankfulness even more. 

So, your Simple Truth for today: Christ’s peace calls all the shots, and we are to do nothing that violates that peace. 

Have a great day. I’ll see you again tomorrow.