Let His Peace Reign
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Child of God, what is ruling in your heart today? Are you aware that you indeed have a choice as to what you allow to have lordship over your heart? This verse tells us that we are to let, or allow, the peace of Christ to rule in our hearts! But what exactly is the peace of Christ? How do we allow it to rule in our heart?
Peace, according to the Bible, is more than a momentary experience of fleeting tranquility and stillness; rather peace refers to the well being of the entire person. The Hebrew word for peace is, Shalom, and it means peace, completeness, soundness, welfare, health, and prosperity. The Greek word used here is εἰρήνη (i-ra-nay) and it carries with it the connotation of security, safety, and rest. When God gave the Aaronic Blessing in Numbers 6:22-27 He concluded the blessing with His desire to give the children of Israel His shalom, “the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”
It is the Lord’s desire that we have His peace, and in Christ we have received His peace (Jn 14:27). It is Christ’s peace that we are to allow to dominate our hearts. Beloved, that means we are to allow Christ’s wholeness, completeness, soundness, welfare, health, and prosperity to govern our hearts! The security, safety, and rest we have in Christ is to rule within us! That means our lack, stress, burden, fear, and any other thing that could shake us is to be wholly swallowed up by the perfection of Christ imparted to you and me through His peace, which has been freely given us!
My friend, this means that the completeness, perfection, health, prosperity, security, and rest in Christ is to rule, govern, lead, and direct the movement of our inner most being! We are to find ourselves dominated by the perfection of Jesus and be led from glory to glory therein!
This is a huge revelation my friend, and it only becomes meaningful if we understand that this is not some ideal, or suggestion; but rather what we have now in Christ. You already have His peace, and it is this peace that is to govern your heart. When tempted to step outside of rest and do anything by your own strength, or merit, you must remember that the Father has made Christ unto us all things (1 Cor 1:30-31). Your lack is met in the person of Jesus, and in Him alone.
Beloved, this verse is urging us to respond to circumstances with Christ’s peace and not our strength. When you run up against situations that that expose the weakness of your humanity you have the Peace of Christ as your pillar: For your life has been hidden in Him, and it is no longer your life, but His. Your response in such moments is to declare, “In me is only bankruptcy, but I have been placed in Christ! He is my strength, my wisdom, my joy, my knowledge, my security, my certainty, my faith, my all in all!” We cannot live the Christian life in the flesh (it is impossible), but Christ can live it through us if we let go, rest in Him, and allow His Spirit to flow freely!
Child of God rejoice and burst into thanksgiving for the Peace of Christ is yours and you can live your life from His peace! Receive this truth beloved, and come into alignment with the reality that you have His peace and can choose to allow it to dominate your heart!