During the month of November, as we anticipate Thanksgiving Day, we often focus on the attitude of thanksgiving or gratitude.
If you’re like me, sometimes we naturally feel grateful for the blessings in our lives but at other times we may be more aware
of our limitations and what we lack.
Paul’s words to the Colossians in 3:15-17 are a strong encouragement regarding the source of thankfulness in our lives:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of
Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.Here we are exhorted to allow the “peace of Christ to rule in [our] hearts.” This peace is
more than a sense of calm. This peace is an objective condition that is ours when God is our friend and all is well with us because
of what Christ has accomplished for us. It comes from God through Christ as the giver, who has made this peace for us through
his death and resurrection. Because of the action of Jesus Christ, we are presented holy and blameless before God. Now that
is something to be thankful for!
The Apostle Paul also encourages us to “let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” This is the word concerning Christ’s
nature, power and saving work in our lives. Christ’s peace and Christ’s Word, are wonderful gifts to us!
When we reflect on these gifts, rather than dwelling on our difficulties or problems, we find cause to rejoice and to give thanks to God! And it is out of God’s grace and mercy that we can then “teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and…sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God!”
Pastor Deborah Lunde