Peace - Put on the Apparel of Peace - Colossians 3:15
July 14, 2022, 9:52 AM

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

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Peace doesn't really happen unless love is displayed. George Marshall, the military genius, said, "If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of this record we have ever known."

Billy Graham illustrates it by the storm raging sea beating against the rocks in high, dashing waves. Lightening flashing, and thunder roaring, the wind blowing but the little bird was sound asleep in the crevice of the rock. Its head tucked serenely under its wing. That is peace- to be able to sleep in the storm. In Christ we can be relaxed and at peace even in the midst of the confusion around us. The storm rages, but our hearts are rested.

Lloyd Ogilvie asks us some important questions to achieve this kind of peace.

1) What does the Lord want us to do?

2) If we did it, would it be in keeping with His life message and guidance?

3) Would the anticipated actions or program glorify Christ? Would He do it if He were in charge, for we often forget He really is?

4) Is it in keeping with Scripture and doctrine?

5) Will it bring us closer to one another?

Part of this peace is shown in thankfulness to God and to one another. When you realize your need for each other there is no longer competition and comparison and seeking to outdo each other or compete, but a working together for His glory with a thankful and loving attitude. Our churches would be more effective without the individual desires for recognition, reputation, or popularity. Putting on the apparel of peace is putting on Christ’s attitude of glorifying the Father.

What a difference in attitude and joy for those who are thankful for things than those who are ungrateful and who are complaining continually. Ingratitude too often leads to selfishness. The thankful people see everything coming out of God's goodness.

I remember one lady in the nursing home with such a spirit of peace. "How my heart would be blessed as I experience people who know God is so good. I'm so lucky and thankful to Him. Why they change my room every 3 months so I get to look out different windows and see the change of seasons. The food is warm and light is good. People bathe me and take care of me. Isn't that good?"

She knows the peace of God instead of grumbling, "Why did this happen to me? I will curse God because I am in here instead of my own home."

When some unsettled things happen in your day, remember who is in charge and draw upon the comfort and peace He makes available. Extend that attitude toward others.

Application: Today, purposefully give thanks to God for His peace in every difficulty that comes your way.

Prayer:  When peace like a river attendance my soul…Whatever my lot, Lord, teach me to say, it is well, it is well, with my soul.