14 day plan

Peace with God

Day 9 of 14


Colossians 3:15

15And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful.

Author and pastor Mark Buchanan tells the story of his children on Christmas Day unwrapping mounds of presents from under the tree.  They ripped the paper off the gifts and scattered the wrappings in all directions. The gifts were beautiful, but the children looked at each only briefly before putting it aside to move on to the next gift.  When the ransacking had finished, one of the children stood in the midst of the boxes and brightly coloured wrapping paper and asked, ‘Is that all there is?’

We’re not unlike them and Buchanan reminds us that we are taught not to value things too much, but to value them too little.  We forget to treasure and savour and the pressure of wanting more, wanting something different, dissipates all gratitude. It’s the same whether it is things or circumstances – we want to discard what we have very quickly – we want better and more and different and we fail to treasure that which is available in every circumstance.  We neglect to understand that even in the worst of circumstances there are things to be grateful for.

Now there’s nothing wrong with yearning for better – a friend recently suffered the heartbreak of her grandchild being diagnosed with a form of cancer.  She hoped and prayed and yearned for better but it was a very difficult journey and tragically, her grandchild passed away. But in the midst of these terrible circumstances my friend shared that there are things she’s really grateful for.  I think you have to be a very faithful and prayerful person to find gratitude and peace in a place like that and it points to where my friend places her hope and finds her peace.

Question: Where do you find your hope and peace?  How can you use the circumstances in your life to become more loving, joyful, peaceful, forbearing, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled?

Prayer: I want to believe this God, but it’s tough!  I certainly can’t do it without you. Please help me to find the treasure in every circumstance – no matter how small or hidden – and grow in me the fruit of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.   Amen.

Colossians 3:1-25

The Life of the New Man

1So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

5Therefore, put to death what belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, God’s wrath is coming upon the disobedient, 7and you once walked in these things when you were living in them. 8But now, put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator. 11In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.

The Christian Life

12Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. 14Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Christ in Your Home

18Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19Husbands, love your wives and don’t be bitter toward them. 20Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they won’t become discouraged. 22Slaves, obey your human masters in everything. Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. 23Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, 24knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. 25For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.