“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
I was interested to learn that the Greek word BRABEUO was used by Paul in this verse and translated as the English word RULE. Brabeuo means to arbitrate or act like a referee or umpire. Like an official who watches a sport in order to enforce the rules are adhered to and arbitrate on matters arising from play.
As fallen humanity we are often ruled in our actions by our own ideology, fear, anxiety, wilfulness, desires, distrust...to name just a few. These motives can act like that referee, directing the outcome, decision and direction of our hearts, minds and actions. They can narrow our life down , restrict its quality and bring disharmony with others. Paul teaches that as those who are redeemed , we have access to a wonderful new referee in our lives. We can have the gift of God’s peace. This peace within our hearts will show the way that is right for us to live our lives. It is given as an umpire or referee to help direct us in this life and keep us close to Jesus who is the way, the truth and the life. How wonderful to be at peace in our hearts and with the ‘members of the body’ of Christ.
As we walk with Him this week let us listen to the referee of His peace within us and endeavour to hold onto it every moment of every day.