Thankful for Peace – Week of November 13, 2017

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:15

What rules your heart? What has “first place” in your heart and mind? Is it something worldly like money and status? Does family life and the daily schedule occupy your heart and mind the most? The devil doesn’t care what is in your heart, as long as it isn’t the peace of Christ!

God tells us to let the “peace of Christ” rule in our hearts. This peace comes from knowing that God has saved us through the death of Jesus, who took all our sins on the cross when he died. We feel peace because we know that Jesus always forgives us.

Our Christian colleagues, friends and families have this same peace. We were all together lost in our sins, and Christ died for all. For this we should be thankful! We are also thankful that God gives us co-workers and families that share the same peace in Christ. When this peace is in our hearts, we can work through challenges even when plans, opinions, and personalities clash.

With peace in our hearts, it is easier to forgive others. A peaceful, forgiven heart is happy to forgive others. We are “sinners living with sinners” and want to share the forgiveness and peace God has given us with those God has placed in our life. How thankful we are that God places others in our life to work through the challenges in this world! How thankful we are for the peace of Christ!

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the peace of Christ. Let this peace rule in my heart as I work with children, parents, families, and co-workers. Let my words and actions reflect your love and the peace that you have given me through your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Question to Consider: Think of a specific challenge that you have with a co-worker or family member. How can “having the peace of Christ” help you work through this challenge?

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