When in Doubt of People, Trust Christ Instead
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
I am a natural doubter of people. Throughout my life, the pessimistic side of me has consistently found a way to rule my thoughts and feelings, especially towards others. I am quick to question the sincerity of friends, quick to judge their motives, and quick to doubt their words and actions. And as if this natural struggle of my flesh is not enough, the heartbreak and pain I have experienced at the hands of those I love have only served as fuel for the fire of my doubt.
Time and time again, we as believers are called to do and enjoy life with one another (1 Cor. 1:10, Gal. 6:2, Prov. 27:17, Rom. 12:5). But how are we to live within this intended design despite our fears, doubts, and very real experiences with the sins of others? How do we overcome our bitterness, our anxiety, and our natural desire to question and judge our fellow believers? The peace of Christ, that is how.
What Paul affirms here in Colossians 3, as well as what he affirms throughout Colossians as a whole, is that Christ is enough; He alone is sufficient. He is enough to overcome our distrust of one another, and He is sufficient in sustaining our harmony with each other. When we allow not the peace of people but the peace of Christ to rule in our hearts, we allow His character, His sacrifice, and His promises to carry us through doubt, fear, and heartbreak. We rest in what He has done, knowing no sin from another can rip us from His goodness. We find comfort in who He is, assured that no false or ill intention from a friend is outside of His providence. We find peace in what He continues to do, confident that because of His promise, all is working together for the good of His children.
Lord, help Your peace to wash over my doubt. Show me the ways You are sufficient; enlighten my eyes to see how You are enough to overcome my past and my doubts. Give me boldness to release my fears to You and take on Your peace instead so that I may live in harmony with other believers as You have commanded me to.
Have you been wrestling through your own doubts, fears, or anxieties regarding community? What are some attributes, promises, or words of Christ that can help you in your ability to let His peace rule over that doubt?
Nicole Mason is a born and raised Texas girl with a passionate heart for all things Christ, truth, and coffee. She is newly married and graduated, currently thriving in what it means to abandon all plans in pursuit of God’s will. She received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, only to be called to seminary her senior year for a masters in ministry studies. She hopes to use her degree as well as her personal devotion to the Gospel to draw women out of self and into truth, so they may know the joys and pleasures that come from laying down our flesh and pursuing God’s glory whole-heartedly.