“Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” (Col. 3:15-17 Message Bible)

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other.” (Col. 3:15 Message Bible) One great goal of the enemy is to keep us stirred up at each other. To stay angry, to replay an offense…all of this frustration makes peace difficult. Rehearsing words that will probably not be spoken keeps us focused on an offense. We relive the insult or “injury” repeatedly. Most of us do this without realizing it. Yet, these choices lead to feelings of anxiety, anger, frustration, depression…

The only peaceful remedy that I have found is asking God into the situation. “Jesus, please heal this person’s heart, show me how to react like You would in this situation. Here is all the frustration and hurt that I feel.”

When hurt, it is easy to let our “Christian” response go, for we feel justified to respond to the insult. But if we look at Jesus, He spoke love and truth. Some questions we can ask ourselves: Would my response to this person share Jesus? Would saying what I want to say really help the situation? Can I give this person and my feelings to God?

Next, thank God for the good stuff. When we thank and focus on the blessings in our lives, we feel peaceful. We realize that God has been at work and He will continue to be at work. 

What negative thought replays in my mind?


“Jesus, please heal this person’s heart, show me how to react like You would in this situation. Here is all the frustration and hurt that I feel. Please forgive me. In Your name.”

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