KEY SCRIPTURE: Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”
The Holy Spirit counsels us to let the peace of God rule in our hearts. The word ‘rule’ also means ‘to be an umpire’,’to decide’, direct, or to control. The peace of God in our hearts among other things, also comes into play when taking decisions that one may not be so clear about the will of God. When our hearts are at peace after making certain decisions,it is mostly indicative that we are acting in the will of God.
Decisions like choosing a life partner, whether to make a particular journey, accept a kind of employment and many more are all the type that the Bible does not directly tell you what to do. We are always faced with making choices or decisions that the will of God may not be known. The Bible says let the peace of God be the decider or your director.
To be at peace means to be one with yourself. Your mind and heart are settled on the issue you may be grappling with. Romans 14:17 says “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”. The kingdom of God is the rule of God.It means God is in charge of affairs. Peace in your heart is a sign that God is in charge.
When our actions are not in agreement with the Holy Spirit, He is grieved. When the Spirit is grieved, we find out that our peace is gone. The Holy Spirit is our guide. He tells is what we must do. Anytime we follow his leading, He is pleased and so we also feel satisfied within or peaceful. To let the peace of God rule in our hearts also means to allow the Spirit of God to lead us.
Allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us is not a one day affair; we develop into it as we practice the word of God.Romans 12:1 tells us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. This means yield your body to the instructions of the Holy Ghost. The instructions of the Spirit is simply the word of God. As we practice the word of God, we would grow to be sensitive to the moment by moment leading of the Holy Spirit. We would also begin to know when the Holy Spirit is pleased with us or grieved about what we may be doing.
Whenever your heart is disturbed about anything, the first thing you must consider is; does this issue agree with the word of God? If it does agree with the scripture but you are still not at peace then pray asking the Lord to lead you, He will speak to you and as you agree, it will be shown by a heart of peace. .
God’s peace in my heart is my guide. As I allow His word to rule me the Holy Spirit dictates my peace. Every confusion is dissolved because I follow the leading of Holy Spirit.
Romans 12:1 ” I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”.
Colossians 3:16 ” Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord”.