Devotions for Colossians 3:12-17, #4

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

Allowing the Peace of Christ to rule in our hearts takes a decision: we have to hand authority over our moments to the Prince of Peace.

It’s easy to grab onto something, then sit and stew about whatever happened earlier: someone was rude, you were cut off in traffic; but where does that get you? You’re wasting time with something that’s not worthy of your attention. You alone have the decision to hand that moment back to God, who is in control of it anyway. He’s pretty good at it; after all, he is the King of the universe. Trouble is, these are also moment-by-moment decisions.

But, funny thing… Once you start giving this ‘stuff’ back to Christ to rule over, it suddenly becomes less important.
The ‘And be thankful’ always seems like an afterthought in this passage … until you realize that by deciding to let Christ rule in your heart, you find yourself becoming thankful. Because you’re not involved in being troubled.

Lord, I joyfully give you my day.


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