“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
“rule in your hearts”
To “rule” is an athletic term meaning to act as an umpire. In ancient Greece, the umpire presided over the Olympic games and the Isthmian games. He discerned the athlete’s qualifications to take part in the games. He determined whether the winner violated any rules during the contest. He enforced the rules and awarded the prizes.
The Christian is to let the peace of Christ arbitrate or decide all matters in his heart. The peace of Christ should direct, control, or rule in our hearts. This peace gives us correct judgment and decision when we let God’s rule govern our lives. If we let Christ’s peace rule and govern, it will produce peace in our hearts.
Baseball players are fully aware of that man in black standing behind the catcher. He rules the game; he calls the plays and presides over the game. He calls balls and strikes. He knows where the strike zone is. God wants our hearts to act as an umpire.
The human spirit that feeds upon the Word of God calls the balls and strikes of the believer’s life. The umpire is the human spirit filled with the Word of God. This allows the believer to operate with discernment. When a believer operates with discernment, he has the peace of Christ.
The peace of Christ derived from the Word of God arbitrates or decides all matters in the heart of the believer.
One of the outstanding sins of the Christian is worry. We worry needlessly. Worry does no good. We know we should not worry; we know it will not help the situation, yet we persist in our worry. Some of us worry about everything: big, medium, or small. We apparently enjoy it. Why pray when you can worry? We worry about things that will never happen. We worry that they might happen. Some of us worry about things that never happened! We try to justify our worry with the rationalization that “Everyone does it.”
There is a divine remedy for worry (Philippians 4:6,7). This is a fringe benefit of having the “peace of Christ.” We can let the peace of Christ referee in our hearts. Who is in charge of the game? Who is in charge of our hearts? The referee of the peace of Christ.
Every time we worry, we doubt God. That is a sin. God wants to free us from carking, corroding care. He wants us to understand from the Word of God the provision God made for us in Christ.