The Umpire

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body … (Colossians 3).

Paul must have loved sports because he loved using sports terms, including this word for “rule,” meaning “to umpire.” So, we are to “call balls and strikes” in our lives according to “the peace of Christ” which those feelings, or ideas, or actions bring to His “body” here on earth.

If our opinions or judgments do not bring peace to the body of Christ, then we must keep our mouths shut. If our attitudes do not bring peace to the body of Christ, then we should lay them aside. If any actions we consider would not bring peace to the body of Christ, then we should refrain from doing them.

Lord, help us This Day to make peace our umpire. Amen.