“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).
Set in the midst of some of the greatest teaching on character that we find anywhere in the scriptures, this passage focuses on the heart. Paul mentions two essential components necessary for one who is doing “all in the name of the Lord Jesus”: having the peace of God in our hearts and being thankful.
We can have the peace of God in our hearts when we operate under the authority of Jesus. The second component comes directly from the core of our character: being thankful.
Throughout the Old and the New Testaments, one of the major themes for God’s people is that they are thankful, for both physical and spiritual blessings. The emphasis, however, is on thankfulness for the abundant spiritual blessings.
The thread of our thankfulness should begin with the small courtesies extended to us by our fellow man, then proceed to our numerous material blessings, and be topped off by our gratitude to a heavenly Father who loved us so much that He gave us the ultimate sacrifice of His Son so that we can have forgiveness and go to heaven.