Let Peace Rule Your Heart

Let Peace Rule Your Heart
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Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. – Colossians 3:12–15 NLT

When you read this portion of scripture, it can be difficult to imagine peace ruling and having dominion in our hearts. Our world is just too upsetting, we may think. The writer made it clear here that we must choose to put on six distinctive attitudes: mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness. Then, we are to tie them together with love.

Wow! I think that extending forgiveness will be especially hard if you don’t choose to love those who have offended you. I believe that it is impossible to find peace with God and others until we learn to let go of offenses. That’s why The Believer’s Prayer, also known as The Lord’s Prayer, contains the words, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.[1]”

Forgiveness is a golden key to peace in our hearts.