The Peace in Thankfulness

“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,

Amanda

4 Comments on “The Peace in Thankfulness”

  1. I am reminded of this sweet VeggieTales movie that my kids would watch over and over again when they were younger. Madame Blueberry had to have the best of everything! She was bouncing along after a wild spending spree at “Stuff-Mart” and saw a little family having a frugal picnic in the park. She heard the sweetest prayer being sung…”I thank God for this day, for the sun in the sky, for my Mom and my Dad and for my piece of apple pie. For our home on the ground and for His love that’s all around- that’s why I say thanks everyday. Because a thankful heart is a happy heart, I am glad for what I have – that’s an easy way to start, for the love that He shares ’cause He listens to my prayers – that’s why I say thanks everyday!”
    Sweet, sweet reminder to be thankful, daily. Not because everything is good, but because His love is all around and He hears us when we call! I am thankful for you Amanda and all of the amazing prayer warriors linked to this site!

  2. I think we all have a tendency to get caught up into… “Welcome to life 101″and forget to count our blessings. Thank you Amanda for this reminder of allowing the spirit of peace to go before us and to be thankful for even the littlest of things! Thank you for your dedication. To this group and web site , it truly is a blessings!

  3. I love the part, consider the Spirit before you speak, act, etc. If I did I would save myself from the things that lead me to strongholds. I want to stay away from those things, so I can have peace.
    I am very thankful to God for all the adversity He has given me. I’m thankful for the grace and mercy He gives to me when I stumble on the path. He doesn’t keep a record of my wrongdoings and I am forever grateful for that!!! I do know I have a lot more peace than I did have a few years ago. Thank you, Jesus!

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