Paul Says in Colossians 3...

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April 15, 2013

Paul says in Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live].” (Amplified)

I learned something this past week that gave me some understanding as to what God has been doing in my life since I first met Him when I was 14 years old. When an airplane pilot loses control of his aircraft and goes into a spin or a steep embankment, the process of bringing the aircraft back under control is called ‘recovery of an unusual attitude.’ Recovery of an unusual attitude!!! Gotta love that term! For Christians, any attitude that is not the attitude of Jesus Himself  is an unusual attitude that God wants to correct and bring back in alignment with His heart and will for us. I’m just going to use my outside voice and say, many of us in ministry have an unusual attitude around quietness and rest and I believe God wants to recover us from it.

Jesus said, “learn from Me and you will find rest for your souls.” I love the picture that David gives in Psalm 131 of the child at rest. He says, “As a child rests against his mother, so my soul is quiet within me.” An usual attitude for a child who trusts his or her mother is rest because that child is at peace, unaware of any danger or conflict, aware only of its mother’s heartbeat of love and care. A child at rest is a child at peace. A child at peace is a child at rest. Many of us feel trapped by the demands of the very kingdom that brought us rest, because it brought us peace. We live frazzled and frantic and far from the picture of a child in perfect peace.

The antidote for this unusual attitude is partly found in Paul’s words in Colossians 3. “Let the peace of Christ act as umpire continually…” (Amplified). When any other measure than His perfect peace rules us, we have an unusual attitude. May God recover us from any unusual attitude we have developed!

 

Liz Honeyford has been through numerous Formational Prayer training seminars and serves in various capacities at HCM/IFC events and in her local context in Ontario, Canada.

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