I don't know about you, but sometimes life just seems to go from being totally fine to being a total bit of chaos.
That is where Colossians 3:15 can remind me to stop and take a moment to reflect:
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
I think the first thing that we should take notice of, from that verse, is that it starts with an "and", meaning, there is something before it that we should probably pay attention to.
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Now, it too starts with an "and", so let's keep going back to previous verses until we get to the start of all of this:
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Ah, so there we have the beginning of this great word from Colossians!
Peace In Your Heart
Colossians 3:15 indicates to us that the peace of Christ is in our heart. A result of our unification with Him at the time of our acceptance and belief in Him (salvation).
So what do we have to do when we get into those times when life is just utter chaos and we really need to find some peace in our minds... in our brains... to try to get the chaos to stop?
I think for that, we need to go back to the start of the passage, where it says "Put on then..."
So how the heck do we "put on... patience"?
Well, for that we need to go down just one more verse in this passage:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Here we find the answer to this whole issue... when life becomes chaotic and we desperately need to stop and find some peace, if even for a few minutes, we need to let the Word of God dwell within us!
Perhaps you have a few passages of scriptures that mean a great deal to you, so take a moment to reflect on them. Or, perhaps you just need to open up a Bible and let the Holy Spirit guide you to somewhere within the Holy Text that will help you find some peace. Or, perhaps you can find some peace by singing a song or two, or even just finding a song on your phone or youtube or elsewhere, and spending a few minutes listening to them.
There is one interesting thing that I have seen when writing this... both Colossians 3:15 and Colossians 3:16 end with the same encouragement: "be thankful". Interesting that after we find peacefulness, humility, and the meekness, that comes from all of this, that we are encouraged to "be thankful". Huh, perhaps dwell on that after you have found some peace in Christ next time!