Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Colossians 3:15 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

Peace and Thanksgiving

In the 1950s, Canada played a role in the International Commissions for Supervision and Control in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, some early attempts to bring peace to that part of Asia. These commissions were non-UN efforts and were usually called International Control Commissions. They were set up by the Geneva Conference of 1954 on a “troika” model, with an Eastern or Communist-bloc state, a Western state, and a neutral state (in the case of Southeast Asia, this meant Poland, Canada and India).

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There are lots of things that can rule in our hearts. It isn’t difficult to measure those ruling things – look at how you spend your time and your money. It can be a challenging exercise to take spiritual inventory – you will likely be surprised at what comes first in your life. If it isn’t Jesus, you will know it by a lack of peace and by deep concern and worry about the world these days. The Bible is very clear about what ought to rule our hearts. Paul the apostle writes this in Colossians 3:15: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” When Jesus is ruling in us, we experience a peace that is inexplicable. Paul reminds us that it begins with being thankful. As we focus on everything for which we are thankful, we realize how blessed we are. It is human nature to focus on the challenges rather than the blessings – and this does nothing but steal our peace. Let the peace of Christ rule in your life as you live in thankfulness.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley