V 14. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
This new nature that we are called to put on daily is held together by love – not surprisingly as this is the supreme characteristic of God. Again, it must be emphasised that there is a definite daily decision to put on love. As you look at each day ahead of you, the people you might encounter, and the circumstances that will encompass you, decide to put on love for each occasion. Determine to love and respect that difficult person you are expecting to meet. Let it be fixed in your mind that you will not seek revenge for the unkind words thrown at you, or the snide remarks that have hurt your pride and dignity. When you become aware of things that might spoil your relationships with other believers, decide to love them and accept them, even if you hold different opinions about things. In fact, go beyond even accepting them, strive to be at peace with them, and be thankful for them, with all their differences.
That brief sentence ‘And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.’ hints at peace being an Umpire or judge in your heart regarding holiness in your life. If you lose that inner peace from Christ, then maybe you are on the wrong pathway or in a wrong relationship with people and holiness is being compromised.