And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15 ESV)
The word peace, means quiet, rest, tranquil. In the context of having peace with Christ, Strong’s dictionary defines peace this way:
“The tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God.”
This tranquil state of the soul is suppose to rule and reign supreme in our heart. We have been having trial after trial in our home. I have found myself angry, worried, fearful, and anxious over some of these trials. When these emotions come over me, it is because I am letting my feelings gain the upper hand in the battle for the mind. The peace of Christ wants to rule in my heart, and I am merely suppose to let it. But my flesh wants to wage a civil war against my mind. I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul:
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (Romans 7:21–25 ESV)
I am a wretched man, yet CHRIST is the righteous and perfect man who wants me to let his peace rule in my heart. Time to gear up for battle again today because this kind of peace is won through war.