following God’s peace

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 3:15; NLT

Oftentimes when we think of being led by God’s peace, we think of it in individual terms. And certainly we need to have that peace ourselves. But clearly in this passage it’s actually a communal matter. In Jesus we’re to arrive to this peace together.

This reminds me of the rest Jesus promises us as we yoke up with him (Matthew 11:28-30). But that is indeed for each of us as individuals. We’re all to experience that rest for ourselves, not just dependent on others. So in that sense it’s different. Yet in arriving to that peace together, it will help immensely if we can be growing into and knowing something of this rest.

We need to search for God’s peace, and find it both for ourselves, and with others of God’s people in Jesus. Faith lends itself to that endeavor:

You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3

Our challenge now and always. To seek, find, and remain in that peace for ourselves, and with others. In and through Jesus.

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