“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Let the peace of Jesus rule your heart and be thankful. How can we, as the charismatic church, live out these two principles?
We Choose to Rejoice.
Paul wrote to the Philippians, “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice!” When we walk in victory, celebrating all that we have overcome (or that we will in faith someday overcome) we rejoice. When we walk in victimhood, forever living in our pains of the past, we worry.
We Choose Moderation.
“Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” (Philippians 4:5) We walk in gentleness and humility, letting our patient steadfastness, our unwavering faith, and our quick forgiveness be what guides us.
We Choose to Pray.
James 5:13 says, “Is anyone afflicted? Let him pray!” When we are anxious, or afflicted, or stressed out, or any of the words we use for worry, we can choose one of two routes. We can obsess, and torment ourselves with our thoughts. Or we can pray.
We Choose and Attitude of Gratitude.
“Be careful of nothing: but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God . . . “ (Philippians 4:6-7)
And what happens?
“ . . . the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Hallelujah!
We Choose What to Think About.
“Finally, whatever is true, honest, just, pure, love, and of good report, whatever is virtuous or worthy of praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) We have the power to choose what to think about. We can wallow in our worry, or we can take our thoughts captive and think about things worthy of our time.
The battle of the mind can be fought and won. You can let the peace of Jesus rule your heart and be thankful. The peace of God will garrison and mount guard over your heart and mind.