Everything was all set. I had my topic picked out to write about this week, just needed to piece it together. But God had other plans.

While reading my daily devotional, I came across Colossians 3:15. It truly spoke to me, and I have no doubt God put it on my heart to write about this particular verse.
Colossians 3:15 says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
This verse reveals several truths regarding the peace of Christ.
We play a prominent role in whether or not we experience His  peace as evidenced by the first words in this verse -“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.”  Many people associate peace when everything is pleasant. But His peace is available regardless of the circumstances. When you believe in Jesus for salvation, peace with God is a permanent possession.
Pay attention to the word rule here. We have the power to decide. This truth took me years to implement. During my struggle with fear, doubt and worry would take over, and while God’s peace was available, I did not allow it in, despite having the authority to do so. But I learned that through faith, humble praise, and leaning on the Word, you can alieviate concern and instead rest in His peace.
The  peace of God which rules our hearts (and minds) is dependent on maintaining a proper relationship with Him, trusting that God will keep His word in all things. When I was able to fully surrender to Him, my fear  melted away. That’s not to say I never have any struggles – the enemy will always try to attack. The difference now is my reaction. Satan no longer has space in my mind or heart – through faith my heart is ruled by the peace of Christ.
Now, let’s look at the second part of this verse: “And to be thankful.”
Gratitude is instrumental in having genuine peace. Thankfulness, equates to remembering all God’s benefits, allowing for blesssings to be acknowledged, ultimately insuring peace.
When our heart lacks praise and thanksgiving, the peace of God can be hindered. A grateful heart consists of thanks and praise to God – a heart that is ready to not only have His peace, but share it as well, as a testimony of praise.
It’s important to keep in mind that there is such a thing as false peace. A great example of this in scripture is Jonah. He deliberately disobeyed God, however, he was still able to sleep in a storm. But we cannot attain peace on our own because of sin. To be in the will of God, we must pray, surrender to His will, and  seek His counsel through Scripture.
We all have the choice to embrace or refuse the rule of Christ’s peace in our hearts. Are you letting
His peace rule in your heart?