14 day plan

Family Peacemaking

Day 2 of 14


Colossians 1:19-20

19For God was pleased to have

all his fullness dwell in him,

20and through him to reconcile

everything to himself,

whether things on earth or things in heaven,

by making peace

through his blood, shed on the cross.

Reflection:  We know that God is a “God of peace” (Romans 16:20, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Hebrews 13:20); that heaven is a world of peace (Luke 19:38); that God is peace loving and peace making (2 Corinthians 5:19, Colossians 1:20) and that he calls us to be the same. He calls us to have the same character that he does, to love what he does, to pursue what he pursues, and to be willing to sacrifice for it in the way that he did.

The fact that the lack of peace is so pervasive in our world today is nothing new. We can trace it back to the book of Genesis. Humans have been at war with God ever since Adam and Eve sinned. And, beginning with the conflict between Cain and Abel, which eventually led to one brother killing the other, we’ve been in battle with one another.

So, when Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (as he did in our verse from yesterday) he totally shocked those around him. How could the Jews hope to overthrow Rome and restore their nation to a place of prominence if they were going to have to be “peacemakers?” It’s in this adversarial context that Jesus promised to bless the people who are his agents for peace saying that peacemakers will be called the “children of God.”

Question: Do you recognize the lineage and consequences of a lack of peace in the world?  In your world?

Prayer:  Lord, sadly, it seems that there is nothing new under the sun… except for the newness that is available for me as I trust in you.  May your Holy Spirit presence and peace fall powerfully on your world, and may those of us who follow you, be so filled with your Spirit that we will be empowered to be peacemakers wherever we find ourselves.  Amen.

Colossians 1:1-29


1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, and Timothy our brother:

2To the saints in Christ at Colossae, who are faithful brothers and sisters.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father.


3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints 5because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the word of truth, the gospel 6that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and came to truly appreciate God’s grace. 7You learned this from Epaphras, our dearly loved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, 8and he has told us about your love in the Spirit.

Prayer for Spiritual Growth

9For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God, 11being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, so that you may have great endurance and patience, joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. 13He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. 14In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The Centrality of Christ

15He is the image of the invisible God,

the firstborn over all creation.

16For everything was created by him,

in heaven and on earth,

the visible and the invisible,

whether thrones or dominions

or rulers or authorities —

all things have been created through him and for him.

17He is before all things,

and by him all things hold together.

18He is also the head of the body, the church;

he is the beginning,

the firstborn from the dead,

so that he might come to have

first place in everything.

19For God was pleased to have

all his fullness dwell in him,

20and through him to reconcile

everything to himself,

whether things on earth or things in heaven,

by making peace

through his blood, shed on the cross.

21Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds as expressed in your evil actions. 22But now he has reconciled you by his physical body through his death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before him —  23if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.

Paul’s Ministry

24Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for his body, that is, the church. 25I have become its servant, according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28We proclaim him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29I labor for this, striving with his strength that works powerfully in me.