What is guiding your decisions? How do you determine what is a good or bad thought? Again the Apostle Paul gives us direction. And I’m intentionally connecting it with the past posts.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always].
When we establish a thought life centered on virtuous, praiseworthy thoughts and live daily according to them we will experience the peace of God. And this peace then becomes our guide. It accompanies us in our daily walk helping us to discern whatever comes our way.
Ever been in a situation when you had to play it cool while your heart was racing a 100 mph? Your hands were sweaty and you found it difficult to hold your breathing at bay yet you looked cool as a cucumber. (I always liked that saying.)
When we let the peace of God rule in our hearts it is the exact opposite. The peace of God has a way of bringing harmony between our internal and external responses when we let it.
Letting it “rule” means letting it control.
Letting it guide.
Letting it umpire.
Here is where I will get a little shaky. Anyone who knows me, knows I know nothing about sports. I was always a dancer. So when my husband, a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan sits to watch the games I see the men running back and forth without much interest. But I love watching and hearing the referees.
They fascinate me because everything stops on the field. They have the undivided attention of everyone—the coaches, players, fans. The entire stadium waits with bated breath wondering, hoping, wishing the call is made in their favor.
The peace of God is similar. A dilemma arises and mind, heart and livelihood awaits its call.
Is it good—righteous?
Is it bad—sinful?
But the call is not made on face value. Neither is the call made according to the world’s standards. The call is made according to the Word of God. But it happens only when we let it.
Christians can choose to let the peace of Christ control their lives—thoughts, actions, behaviors, relationships, motives, desires, etc.
Repeat yesterday’s task.
Grab a small piece of paper like an index card. I would like for you to carry it in your pocket all day. Write down your internal thoughts. If you think about the same thing more than once, place a check mark next to it.
At the end of the day, consider, whether your thoughts were God honoring and how you can shift your thoughts concerning those matters. Place the paper in your bible or somewhere for review at the end of the week.
How’s it going? Are you noticing a pattern in your thoughts? Is it righteous? Is it sinful? Where you aware that this pattern existed?
I want to let Your peace rule my life. Help me to know your truth, embrace your truth, live your truth so that I exist within the comfort of Your peace.
In Jesus’ name,
Day 5 Preview
I am planning to write about Ephesians 4:23 tomorrow. Are you writing along? If so, comment and I’ll head over to your blog.
“See” you tomorrow.
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