The Peacemaker first hand

When I was a little boy, one of my buddies used to tell us about “The Peacemaker” in his home. It was a long wooden paddle which hung by the back door. His dad had no problem pointing it out to any one of us that came by to play. If we didn’t want to keep peace in his home, he had the answer. Once, when my buddy and I disobeyed his mom, I experienced “The Peacemaker” first hand.

Colossians 3:15, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

We are called to be peacemakers by Christ. We are called to get along and keep peace with one another; however, in this scripture, He is talking to us about the peace that rules our hearts. Sometimes peace isn’t about conflict with others. Sometimes peace is conflict with ourselves to do or not to do something; to say or not to say something; to move or not to move in a certain direction. It’d be almost easier if we could take a paddle and spank ourselves into a decision like my buddy’s mom did for him. The Peacemaker could make up your mind pretty quick!

God gives us a different form of peace. It is a settling within our spirit that tells us everything is going to be OK. It is a gentleness that overcomes us when we need the assurance we’re walking in the right direction. It comes from within and although it is difficult to understand, we know when we feel it, it is from God.

Take the decisions of your life to God. Wait for the peace to flow over you. Give God time to answer your questions. Give God time to give you peace.

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