Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Paul says let the peace of Christ rule in your heart and be thankful. We have to let all that power and all that peace, rule (or reign) within us.
How do we do that?
The key is where and what you are setting your mind upon.
Romans 8:5 says, Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
Is your mindset focused on God’s Word or the things of your flesh such as your feelings? When you are faced with setbacks in life, where does your mind go – to the things of the flesh or the things of the Spirit?
Psalm 119:165 says, Great peace have those who love your Word…
When you love God’s Word, you read it and that’s what causes great peace to rise up from within you.
Philippians 4:6-9 says Pray… and the “peace of God” will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. It goes on to say in v9 and the “God of peace” will be with you. What Paul is revealing to you is that the only way to have the “peace of God” within you, is to have the “God of peace” with you.
So when you set your mind on the things of the Spirit, the peace of God will rule your heart.
Paul then adds in Colossians 3:15 “And be thankful”.
There are times in the midst of a trial when the devil will try to get you to focus only on that trial and go to a place where you become discouraged, worried and fearful. This place is where thankfulness is important. When you start thanking Jesus, you can thank your way into the peace of God.
This was the key of David when he went through trials and there were many of them.
Often, many of his Psalms opened with David in a place of discouragement, but they ended in a place of peace and joy. Thanksgiving was the key. He regularly set his mind towards the Lord through praise and thanksgiving and it not only changed disposition within but the position of those trials in his life.
The next time you are discouraged and you feel like giving up, for seven minutes thank the Lord, and I guarantee you will experience a change of heart! You will not only sense the peace of God beginning to rise up within your heart, but the joy of the Lord will show up as well.