Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ rule your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. Be thankful”
As a believer in Christ, you have been called to live a life of peace. You may all know by now that the Jewish people great one another by saying “shalom” which means peace. In the English culture, we greet each other by saying “good morning or good afternoon”. I Hebrew, peace is more important than just being good. That is why there is no “good morning or good evening” in Hebrew, it is just “shalom”. This word – shalom – symbolises soundness, health, prosperity and well-being with nothing missing and nothing broken.
There is a reason why this greeting is very powerful. The Jews had lived in bondage as slaves for many years. They lived as slaves in Egypt, they were enslaved by the Greeks ad the Persians and they were slaves during the Roman empire – the days of Jesus.
These slaves found out that one of the most significant differences between slaves and freed people was peace.
Slaves are people that are never at peace.
They are always worried and troubled. They get up in the morning perturbed and sleep at night perturbed. They are held captives by their own ways and the desires of other men/women. A slave does not know peace because his/her father is the devil and he is never at peace.
The children of God are born free. They are the ones that have found a new home and a new purpose in Christ. Peace is a sign that distinguishes them from slaves and shows that they are children of God. As believers in Christ, living in fear and worry exposes us to the attacks of the enemies. When we live in fear and worry, we are devoid of power and demonstrate our lack of faith and trust in God.
Pray this out loud:
Father, I thank you because you have made me a free man/woman on this earth. I enforce peaceful living from today onward. I refuse to worry and be perturbed. I refuse to allow the cares of this world to influence who I am and how I act. I rest in your “shalom” which causes me to triumph today in the mighty name of your son Jesus Christ. Amen
By Pastor Ran