“Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”
Colossians 3:15-17 – Message
Circumstances will come into all of our lives where we can compromise our peace with God, and our peace with one another. However, we are challenged to evaluate and guard this peace. The enemy would try to bring us to a place where we embrace a temporal feeling of peace at the cost of real peace. He would attempt to bring us to where we isolate and shut out any conflict in order to have a sense of peace. However, he really is a liar. We are called to fellowship with one another, God is our peace and He has broken down every dividing wall. We must choose in the midst of sensitive moments to be bearers of that peace. We must choose to not run, but to value those He has placed in our lives. We must see the danger of isolating, and allow love to win in every circumstance. For this is the only way true peace will prevail.
We are also challenged here to let the Word of Christ dwell richly in us, or to let it have the run of our lives. To dwell richly implies that its roots are deeply planted into your life. It is not shallow, or fickle, but deep and nourishing. The way I see it, is to take the Word, and meditate on it, appropriate it, and let it transform you. Only then is it richly dwelling in your life. Knowing the information found on the pages does not mean that the Word is in you. It might mean no more than the fact that you have a good memory. However, when you begin to bring that Word into your decision making, into your conversation, into your attitude, and it begins to shift you, you might be starting to be truly enriched by it. It is that kind of enrichment that will sustain you in a season of drought.
When a life has been changed by this deep well of the Word, your character will be seen through your conduct. You will begin to be thankful even when you don’t “feel it.” You will recognize the need to cultivate an attitude of gratitude because regardless of what your flesh says, every detail of your life IS saturated with the truth of your life being hidden in God. That should make us all give God thanks every step of the way.
Gratitude must be cultivated. We are not naturally grateful. We lose perspective recklessly. We must be intentional in cultivating an attitude that is grateful for all the blessings we so wonderfully enjoy. Being grateful contributes to a life of spiritual peace, whereas, being discontent and grumbling leads to a life of inner agitation and turmoil.
May love always win in us. May His Word transform us continually. May true gratitude be cultivated in us and may Jesus be honored in our lives.
Today, I am grateful that I can lean into His peace. I am thankful that the peace He gives, is not just for me to “feel peaceful”, but to be one who uses that peace to break down every wall that separates. I am grateful that love really does win. I am blessed to be a part of an unshakeable Kingdom. How can I do anything but offer thanks.