And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
— Colossians 3:14-15 NIV

love and peace

So far in Colossians, Paul has been characterizing what our lives should look like as we walk with Jesus. In verses 14 and 15, Paul talks about two things we seek so often from God: love and peace. Paul writes that love binds all things together; meaning love is the root of all we do. As we receive God’s love, we are instructed to let the peace of God rule our hearts. Wherever we go, we are to choose peace and let God’s radical love come and change how we love others. Paul’s final command to us in these verses is to “be thankful.” It will become our natural response, as we understand His love for us.  

a peace that goes beyond understanding

Have you ever felt unloved or anxious in a situation? Maybe you have felt unwanted or really stressed about school. We have all been there, but we are not called to stay in that place of discouragement. Jesus came and died so that you could experience His radical, unconditional love. When you choose to receive that, you are able to walk in a peace that goes beyond understanding, a peace that is felt by those around you

simply ask

So how do you receive this love and peace Paul writes about? Simply ask. God tells us to seek Him and He will answer. Let Him come into your heart and mind and transform the way you love others. When school gets stressful, allow the peace of God to come and replace your anxious thoughts. Your life will be marked by the love of Jesus and that is a beautiful thing. 

pray

Jesus,
Fill me with your love. Fill me with your peace. I no longer want to walk in anxiety or worry, but instead I want to walk in your presence where there is a fullness of joy. Thank you for peace and your goodness. You are a good, good Father! 

- Kayley Anderkin