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Balls And Strikes

May 14, 2012

Greetings,

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  Colossians 3: 15-17

This is one of my favorite passages of the bible. I just love the whole book of Colossians.  According to this passage what has rule in our hearts?  Notice we are not ruled by the bible because the bible is not really a rule book even though many have reduced it to that over the centuries.  We are also not under the rule of any human leader including apostles, prophets, evangelists, or pastor/teachers.  It is in fact PEACE that should be ruling in our hearts.  The Greek word used here for “rule” actually conveys the meaning of being an umpire or arbitrator in any given situation.  So when we are facing decisions we need to allow PEACE to guide us in making the call.  Only PEACE can say fair or foul, strike or ball, safe or out.  This makes total sense to me since our Lord and King Jesus is also called The Prince Of Peace.  When you are faced with a decision do you ever wait for PEACE to lead the way?  If not, you might just want to make a change in how you proceed in situations that call for a choice.

WE also need to allow the word of Christ dwell in us in abundance as WE teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.  Yes, this is supposed to be a give and take relationship between all Christ followers.  We teach ONE ANOTHER and don’t just wait for someone labeled as a teacher to school us in the things of Christ.  Everyone in the body of Christ has been given the gift of the Spirit and we need to rely on that Spirit to lead us in all of our interactions.  Then while we are teaching each other in this manner we are also supposed to sing spiritual songs with gratitude in our hearts towards God.  It is not odd in our times of fellowship to even write new songs while we are gathered and in the midsts of being taught via different members of the body.  It is a very good thing to praise Him at all times, but especially when we are gathered together and can sing with one heart in unison with harmony.

Then finally EVERYTHING we do is to be done all in the name of Jesus.  I think we make this much more complicated than is needed.  If we are allowing PEACE via The Spirit to call all the shots in our life then we will be making decisions they way Jesus would want us to.  If that is the case then we can be assured that all that we do is in the name of Jesus.  It is when we act on our own without surrendering to His peace that things get disjointed and out of whack.  There are certain things that we cannot do in the name of Jesus, no matter how you white wash it.  For instance we cannot oppress others, rape or tell lies in His name.  There is a plethora of other things that just don’t line up with His name, but I don’t have time to make such a list.  However, when the moment of choice comes He always points us in the right direction and we know in our heart of hearts if we are doing wrong or right in His name.  That has at least been my experience with Him over the years.

Love and……

Kirk Out !

p.s. Two nights in a row of decent sleep and minimal flashbacks.  Thanks for praying for me.

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5 Comments
  1. Praying in faith for one another is one of our highest privileges!

  2. Jill permalink

    So glad to hear that you’re sleeping better. Praying for continued good rest,and less flashbacks, more healing.

  3. Gary Z permalink

    One of my all-time favorite passages, too

  4. Judy Baker permalink

    It is one of my favorite too. I love reading it and letting it just sink it and feel it .

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