When the Peace of Christ Rules in Your Heart
As I observe the hysteria, and that is the correct word, which has lately swept up our nation and our culture, I can’t help but contrast this with Paul’s instructions in Colossians 3:15, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
If anything characterizes Christians right now, I would say it is the absence of peace and thanksgiving. I chalk this up to the fact that many Christians saturate themselves in the 24/7 media stream which is told from a non-Christian world and life view. If you listen to the narrative of the news—whether it is conservative news or not—you are listening to an explanation of events in the world which do not take into account the infinite wisdom, sovereign planning, and providence of the Creator God. The fact that Jesus is Lord does not influence the content of talk radio or many people’s social media rants, I mean postings. The absence of God does not a resilient, peaceful heart make.
When Christians are saturated in a narrative explanation which does not account for God’s overarching sovereign power, it is no wonder we get swept up in hysteria and ignore what should be foremost—his kingdom come.
The peace of Christ—and not the trending story of the day—should be what is ruling our hearts. No earthly ruler should rule our hearts but the peace which Christ has won for us. In Christ, peace has been brought between the foremost alienated parties in the universe: a holy God and sinners (Ephesians 2:13-14). If peace can and has been brought to bear on our spiritual alienation, then peace in the midst of personal and political turmoil can be ours.
Peace ruling in our hearts means that the actions of the Great Peacemaker, Jesus Christ, influence all we do and say (to quote the hymn “May the Mind of Christ, My Savior”). Knowing the peace we have with God means that we are calm when others are hysterical. We can endure mass hysteria and personal attacks not because we are peaceful people (indeed we do not have that proclivity!), but because peace has been given to us through the cross and that peace is far more substantial than anything this world has to offer.