Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny
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. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God. Colossians 3.15-16
What would you do if you were beaten and thrown into prison unjustly? Would you spend your time crying? Would you rant about the injustice that had been done?
Paul and Silas found themselves in jail in the city of Philippi. Paul had cast a spirit out of a slave girl. Her owners were extremely unhappy that their source of income was gone. Seizing Paul and Silas, they dragged them before the magistrates. The crowd joined the attack against them and the result was a beating and imprisonment.
In Acts 16.25, the Bible says that around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God. Paul had written to the Colossians to let the word of Christ dwell in them, not in a small way, but richly. This would lead to teaching and exhorting one another with wisdom and singing.
Paul and Silas were praying and singing and the prisoners were listening. After the earthquake, all the doors were opened and all the bonds of the prisoners came loose. But they did not leave. They were all there when the jailer arrived.
The peace of Christ was in the hearts of Paul and Silas. They left their influence on the other prisoners. What is in your heart? Is your heart controlled by the peace of Christ? How are you influencing others?