Original Posting At http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-peace-of-christ.html
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.” (Colossians 3:15-16 NRSV)
The peace of Christ should “rule” in our hearts. One meaning of the Greek word translated rule is to be the umpire.
Peace, or lack of it, is one way God has of telling us whether we are out or safe, and whether a situation is fair or foul. This does not mean we can never make a decision until we feel some kind of mystical peace. Some people, by their very nature, would never make any decision if they had to wait until they felt peace about it. It means instead that we can be at peace about doing the things God’s Word specifically says we should do. For instance, God says we should go to a brother or sister we’ve offended and ask forgiveness. Therefore we can have peace about doing it even though we feel anything but peaceful on the way over to do it.
— Gary Smalley in “Joy That Lasts”