Who/What Gets to “Rule the Roost” of Our Hearts?

 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… and be thankful. Col. 3:15

Lord Jesus, it’s Friday, and for the entire weekend in front of us, the “functional kingship” over our hearts will be given, or seized. Someone or something will “rule the roost” of our thinking, feeling, and choosing.

The bottomless sinkhole of comparison is one drifting thought away. Unguarded hearts will always take us into the dark forest of envy, the minefield of resentment, and the self-pity-zone of discontent. Graceless daydreaming will morph into joy-sucking nightmares of lust and anger.

SO, right now, in submission to the Apostle Paul’s Gospel-filled advice, we choose you, Jesus, and your peace, as the ruler of our hearts. No one is better at giving peace than you, Jesus, for you are the Prince of Peace. Indeed, “storms still know your name,” and love us as none other.

Because of what you’ve done for us, we begin this May weekend with Abba’s favor resting on us, no condemnation hanging over us, and your banner of love flying over us—flapping in the steady breeze of the Spirit. “In Christ” is our current address, and life in the new heaven and new earth is our certain destination. How soon, and easily, we forget the best stuff—the Gospel-stuff.

Jesus may your peace override our fears and stress, disappointments and irritants. We control so little, but you control all things. So very Amen we pray, in your merciful and mighty name.