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Beware of False Peace

Colossians 3:16,17


   15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.


We must be aware of false peace. Some who do wrong may have a peace about it, but it does not come from God. As someone has said, “Peace of heart alone is not always the peace of God.”


   A significant test to apply to determine the origin of this peace is: if I have peace in my heart about a matter, do I also have peace with others in the body of Christ concerning it? 


Understandably, not everyone will agree on any single issue, but if only the person himself thinks he’s right, he has reason to question his decision. If we are out of the will of God, we will bring discord and disharmony to the body of true believers. I realize the difficulty in assessing who is a true believer, especially in a group situation. Sometimes those who are part of the group do not evident salvation themselves. Other times, some may clearly evident salvation but give little evidence of mature judgment in things related to the Christian life.


 One of the best safeguards against a false peace is simply making sure that you have the desire to please Jesus Christ in all that you do. If it is your concern, “that in all things He might have the preeminence” (first place) Col. 1:18 you can trust Him to bring conviction and a lack of peace when your life is not honoring to Him.

“Great peace have they which I love that law: and nothing shall offend them” Psalm 119:165