#13 Colossians 3:15 Let The Peace of Christ Rule

Joy:
Episode#13 Colossians 3:15

Welcome

Amy:
Welcome to The Christgazing Podcast. We are so glad you’re here. I’m Amy Burgin.

Joy:
I’m Joy Burgin

Amy:
Christgazing, similar to stargazing, is the act of gazing on the beauty of the Lord.

This podcast is for those of us who long to do just that, gaze upon the Lord and find his presence in the midst of this crazy world with its calendars and circumstances breathing down our necks and masquerading as our bosses. 

This podcast is also for you if you don’t really know who Jesus is. We make room for you to put aside what the world or religion has taught you so you might see for yourself.

Each week we focus on one biblical passage as Joy reads it several times and creates stillness after each reading to consider what it is God wants us to know. In this, we make room for a living conversation with God under the great expectation that together, we will see him, hear his voice and know him more.

Since episode 5, we have covered Colossians 3 verses 1-14. Today we gaze on verse 15.

Pour Out Your Heart to God

Amy:
Before Joy reads that versse, take 30 seconds to pour out your heart to God, whether it be thanksgiving, hurt, sorrow, joy, peace, fear, a long to-do list or nothing to do – Whatever is on your mind, name it and bring it to the Lord in these next 30 seconds.

[Pause and pour out]

What Does This Passage Say About God?

Joy:
I’m going to read today’s passage two times. As I read, consider the question, “What does this passage say about God?” What does he want? What has he done? What is doing? What does he value?

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.

Again? 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.

Take a few moments to answer the question, “What does this passage tell you about God?”

[Pause and know]

What Does This Passage Say About People?

Joy:
As I read the scripture again, consider the question, “What does this passage tell you about people?” What do people think? What do people do? What do people need?

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.

Take a few moments to answer the question, “What does this passage tell you about people?”

[Pause and know]

Lord, What Would You Have Me Know or Do Today?

Joy:
As I read for the last time, ask God the question, “Lord, what would you have me do today in response to this passage?” Remember, he is a good father. God wants you to know him better. He never condemns or belittles but rather, he is the lifter of our heads.

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.

Take a few moments to listen for his voice as you ask him, “Lord, what would you have me know or do today?”

[Pause and listen]

Blessing

Joy:
Christgazer, may the Lord bless you and keep you.  May he cause his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May he turn his face toward you and give you peace and may his peace rule in your heart today.

One Response

Amy:
The night Jesus was born, angels appeared to the shepherds in the sky and sang,  Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.

The night Jesus was arrested, sitting at the table with his disciples after Passover dinner, he said, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

That was an important night, so he said it twice, I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

On the day Jesus rose from the grave, he appeared to his disciples, hiding behind locked doors afraid.  The first words they heard him say? Peace be with you!

There had been a great deal of trouble, so he said it double, Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. And with that he breathed on them and said, Receive the Holy Spirit.

One disciple Thomas was absent that night. So, a week later, with Thomas present, Jesus surprised them again, appearing behind locked doors and greeting them with the same beautiful words, Peace be with you!

Closing

Amy:
Joy and I will be back again next week continuing in Colossians Chapter 3.  We leave you the truth we don’t want to forget,  When you put your trust in Christ, you are one in whom he dwells and delights, a dearly loved child of God. You are royalty in his strong and unshakeable kingdom. Though trouble abounds, Christ prevails and so do you.

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