November 2008 Devotional

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…” (Colossians 3:15, RSV)

When we have a falling out with our beloved, regardless of how trivial the matter, it casts a shadow across the sunny landscape of our relationship. It dims the bright bloom of our garden walk. Storm clouds threaten to send us running for shelter.

From the French we get the expression “contretemps” for this disturbance of our harmony–literally “against fair weather.”

It does no good to ignore the storm warnings and go about our business as if no rain or sleet could disrupt our plans. God’s word prompts us to reach out to our beloved as quickly as possible and make every effort to restore peace. Forget pride and principle; be the first to move to make amends. Just as parting is sweet sorrow, so making up is heavenly bliss.

Yes, let’s allow the peace of Christ to govern our hearts.

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