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Colossians 3:15

Colossians 3:15…”Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.” Paul follows up on his assertion of the primacy of love with a call for us to “let the peace of Christ rule” in our hearts. This is an oft-cited passage when we are considering the topic of personal decision-making, and it is common to hear believers say that they chose to do something because “God gave me a peace about it.” Of course, the Lord does sometimes settle our hearts in one direction and not another when we must choose between two or more godly options. Yet the apostle is not speaking about personal decision-making in verse 15 but about life in the church. Note that the verse describes the “peace of Christ” as that to which we are called in one body (specifically, the local church in which we are members). Paul is exalting peace as the goal of all the church’s deliberations insofar as it does not require the compromise of the gospel.

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