Fans and fanatics who follow some sport criticize the judges and referees for their many errors committed during a game or competition. It’s doubtful that they’ll ever be satisfied with their performance. But there is an infallible and faithful referee for all time.

Let the peace of Christ be in control in your heart (for you were in fact called as one body to this peace), and be thankful.
Colossians 3.15 NET

#1. Peace is the normal state of affairs in the interaction in the body of Christ, which is the church. The peace of Christ is the character of relationships with God, above all, and with those of the family of faith.

#2. Gratitude cultivates peace in the church. When we are grateful for the model of the church which God gave us and for the efforts of our brothers and sisters to live according to that model, we will quit seeking to find errors and faults in others.

#3. The peace which Christ offers referees our thoughts. It expels the critical and negative thoughts. It blows the whistle whenever bitterness, doubt, divisiveness or immorality seek to enter the heart.

The peace of Christ is the decisive factor.

I open myself, O God, to the peace of Christ, that it may dominate my heart and determine my words, acts, and reactions. May it be so!

Hold this thought: When in the church Christ’s peace is reigning, / There’ll be no strife, no doubt, or complaining.

What do you think?