Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
How happy it is to be thanksgiving! Come let us reflect upon the blessings of this holy spiritual discipline. There are so many things to cause unrest in the soul. Our trials are various and ongoing as we are constantly tempted and bombarded with thoughts of despair and discouragement. This life has many tides and currents that crash against us as the sea billows of anxieties roll such tempests against our peace. We fight and wrestle in great struggles in pursuit of peace and happiness. Here in our text is divine help. It is a life raft of salvation from the tumult of being tossed to and fro with fear and pain.
Let us first take notice that there is a peace that is of Christ. He is the prince of peace and says to all his beloved “My peace I leave with you”. Jesus is a source and substance of peace. He is a peace maker and a peace giver. He made peace by the blood of his cross and brought many sons to glory. He paid the price to fully redeem and pardon iniquity that sinners might be reconciled from wrath and enmity to peace and joy with God. One must have Christ to have this type of peace that surpasses understanding. A peace is offered in Christ that can allow the saint to sing with rest in the midst of great unrest distress. It is a peace of Christ because he is the one that initiates it and offers it and gives it to his people. Jesus has given faith to sinners and has given His Spirit as a deposit of their secured and everlasting peace.
The Holy Ghost is a great comforter and a reminder of the truth as He guides the believer in the pathway of peace. Notice the great battle as we are admonished to let this peace of Christ rule in our hearts. The heart is a battle field and is deceitful as well as desperately wicked. The human heart is constantly shaken and can seek to cast away all peace. The seat of emotions can tempt us to feel unloved and insecure. It is as if the devil seeks to shovel the peace of Christ out of the heart with each passing trial. A constant war continues to rage against that peace that is of Christ. But my dear believing friend, do not overlook the call to “let the peace of Christ rule in your heart”. There is something you can and must do to maintain that peace of Christ. Let it rule! Do not take that peace off the throne. Do not allow unholy thoughts of doubts and fear to quench your peace. Take those thoughts captive and let the peace of Christ rule! The peace of Christ may not rule in your physical circumstance but you can let it rule in your heart.
Observe how the peace of Christ and its ruling grace is connected to an attitude of gratitude. We are told to let the peace of Christ rule “and be thankful”. A thankful heart is one that is filled with affections for the peace of Christ. Peace comes when we are thankful and peace rules when we are thankful. The Christian can always find reasons to be thankful. It is reason enough that we have the peace of Christ to be eternally thankful. He has promised to provide for all of our needs. He has promised to never leave us all alone. He has prepared us a table of great grace before our enemies.
How can we sit at His table to eat His body and drink his blood with hearts that are not thankful? We have been made to sit at the table of the king of kings! What a five star table has been prepared for us that are in Christ. He has forgiven us of all our sin and put out a spread of treats and trimmings to satisfy the soul with fatness. Take and eat and be thankful for all the grace that has been freely bestowed upon you. Count your many blessings and focus on all that you do have rather then what you do not have. Place your thoughts on these things above and let the peace of Christ rule in your heart. Be thankful in heart and you will enjoy the peace of Christ as it rules your life circumstances. Do not allow Satan to steal your joy in the Lord with his attacks of unrest.
Do not be a Grinch of ungratefulness or a Scrooge of ingratitude. Sit and feast on Christ and let that peace that is of him and from him rule in your hearts. Be thankful and enjoy Him with your family and friends!