Posted: April 26, 2013 in Colossians 3
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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  ―    Martin Luther King Jr

Back on track with Colossians 3…

Verse 15 ed, let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your heart [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your mind, in that peaceful state] to which as [a member of Christ’s] one body you ed, were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

And i begin with ed, “LET” – allow or permit. That’s pretty self-explanatory as far as i’m concerned. It is in my hands to allow or permit the following to happen.

With the next word it may be that i am being to literal but i am reading “THE” as a descriptive, precise word and not just a plain the. It’s “THE” as in God. i am fairly sure of this as i don’t think Paul would put all this effort into me and then instruct me to “Let” just “any” peace do anything in me.

That bring me to the next word which is “PEACE” – while i am tempted to do what i always do, which is to go to the dictionary to see what that word means. That doesn’t work as it’s “THE” peace as defined by God not Webster dictionary. In yesterday’s post Paul spoke about IDEAL HARMONY. This is how i think Paul was defining God’s peace. The amplified Bible defines it as ‘Soul Harmony which comes from Christ… i don’t think so! It says “Soul Harmony which comes from Christ RULE. So there’s another word to consider.

Rule – a principle or regulation governing conduct, action, procedure, arrangement.

Summary… ed allow, permit “THE” principle, conduct, actions of a life raised up with Christ… act as umpire continually. Umpire: decides or settles a controversy, dispute, or the like.

“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.”  ―    Dave Barry

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