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     Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Col. 3:15

Dear Lord Jesus, today, like every day, somebody or something is going to gain the upper hand on the attention and affection of our hearts. Our hearts will be ruled—informed and impacted, convicted and compelled.

Some entity will be the “boss of me.” It could be my bitterness, pettiness, or cowardice. It could be the shaming power of darkness. It could be overbearing or aggravating people. It could be my greed to have a little more. It could be religion or my hatred of religion. It could be old regrets or new fantasies. There’s simply no such thing as a dormant, inert, disaffected heart.

But in glad obedience to this Scripture, right now, I choose your peace as the ruler of my heart—as the “boss of me”—as the centering hope and the dominant power in my day.

And as the Prince of Peace, knows peace better than you, Lord Jesus—no one has more and can give more. On the cross you secured God’s peace with us, and our peace with God. The enmity and hostility between us have been obliterated and eradicated. Peace with God is now a legal right of mine—a done deal, a settled issue. How can I not overflow with gratitude as this day begins and as it continues?

Jesus, please make this legal right a personal delight—an actual power mightily at work in my heart today, and in all my relationships. You are committed to much more than simply calming down our restless, wandering hearts. Your peace is the supernatural power of reconciling love. You make enemies into friends; you humble stubborn people; you soften hard people; you make angry people gentle. Hallelujah, many times over.

Because you’ve forgiven me, I choose to forgive others today. Because you humbled yourself on the cross, I’ll choose humility over excuse making, avoidance and pride in my relationships today. Because you are at peace with me, I will do everything in my power to live at peace with others. So very Amen I pray, in your holy and persistent name.

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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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