11-23-12-Thankfulness1“…and be ye thankful”

Col.3:15-17 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of God dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

As we read through Colossians, we see that Paul encourages his people to put away their sin and to put on God’s righteousness. “…and let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” I understand that this idea of “ruling” is like the job of an official in a ball game. He is the authority. Is God the authority or ruler of your heart? If he is, I believe unity in the body and thankfulness will follow.

Verse 17 leads us back to being thankful! You and I cannot be the examples of Christ that Scripture tells us to be if we are not thankful. We must accept the fact that everything we are and have comes from almighty God. I am so thankful that God burdened a man to search out my lost soul. As a young boy, I watched God work in the hearts of my parents and, eventually, save them as well. What a great God! I could write book about God’s gracious hand on my life. Could you as well?

Today, take some time and reminisce over the path God has worked in your life and give thanks for the great things he hath done. If you cannot see God’s hand through your life, today, right now, accept him as your personal Savior. Watch what he will do if you let him! If you’ve been saved and have taken back control of your life, now is the time to turn it back to him. Don’t fight the Umpire! If you do, you’ll not have peace, and, surely, you’ll not be happy!


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