And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Colossians 3:15, NKJV)
Anyone who knows baseball knows the umpire has the final say on the field; balls, strikes, safe, out. Players will disagree and coaches will object. But, when the umpire rules, that settles the matter. When Christians face moments of conflict, we must recall and rely on the peace of God to be our “umpire” to bring us to a godly resolution. The peace of God is the decisive factor that controls our hearts and helps us maintain unity in the “one body,” the church. Let each one express thanks to be sharing peace in Christ, who is our means of peace with God and with one another (Eph. 2:14-18). In the moment of conflict, instead of being driven by selfishness, pride, envy, anger and other sinful impulses of the heart, allow God’s peace decide the matter. By using God’s truth to guide you, endeavor “to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3). To be at peace with fellow Christians, remember the peace you share in Christ.