“Let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 How shall we have peace in our hearts in the midst of adversity? Jesus tells us in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.” We let peace, which originates from and gifted by the Messiah, have complete access to our hearts and minds! His peace must not only be in us but go before us. Would you allow the peace of the Spirit to go before you in all your actions? Before you enter a situation, consider the Spirit. Before you speak, consider the Spirit. Before you act, consider the Spirit. Before you rest, consider the Spirit. Do you get the idea?
The final exhortation in Colossians 3:15 is to “be thankful”. Would you agree that expressing thankfulness is closely associated with possessing peace? Jesus gives us His peace. Shall we fully embrace it? If we seek peace from another source we will find it fleeting and unable to meet the requirement of our thirsty soul. With fullness of heart let us be actively thankful for the peace Jesus has offered us! Are you willing, from the overflow of your heart, to vocalize thankfulness to the Lord today for His complete mercy and grace that has been extended to you? Would you be so bold as to even thank Him for the adversity in your life knowing it shall be used to perfect you? Yes Lord let it be so! Here is another challenge. Thank your husband for all he has offered you. If this is not applicable to you (you are not married), how about thanking those in your family (even a child) for the opportunity they have provided to strengthen and encourage you (if it is through adversity, be mindful of your words – phrasing them in an honoring way. A thankful heart is able to recognize the good.)
Thank you Lord for the opportunity to speak the truth in thanksgiving to you and others! Your word says to give thanks in everything (joy and adversity, happiness and sorrow, peace and grief), for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We thank you Lord for everything! (Ephesians 5:20) In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we thank you! Use your opportunity to tell everyone!
In His grace,