I was reading Colossians 3:15 once, and was struck by something new as I read the familiar passage. The verse encourages us to "Let the peace of Christ rule" in our hearts. That word "rule" means, basically, just what you think it means...to control and rule over. But a couple of Greek sources (both Strong and Kittel, if you care!) additionally define the word as "to be an umpire" or the activity which is an umpire's work in a game. Don't you just love that?? The idea for Paul in this verse isn't that your heart would never experience strife or discord or worry or...well...un-peace. But his instruction is that even in those situations, the umpire on the field--the one who is ultimately in control of what is happening in the game--should be the peace of Christ! What a great mental picture! And what a great place we are in when we allow His peace to be the ultimate referee of what is going on in our mind. All sorts of things can (and DO) happen on the field of life. But with His peace as our overriding referee we will never go wrong.
- Pastor Paul