The below is from a Pastor friend of mine. It really struck a chord with me because … if I’m being honest with you … I have not been thankful or grateful lately. I have been self absorbed in some personal inadequacies and took my eyes off of who Christ is to me!
Reading out of Colossians: “Above all, put on love – the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:14-17 When we find the secret of “putting on love” we become unified in a perfect bond with each other. Things of the world become less important, and things of eternity become our main focus. We love with the love of Christ, not judging, not loving with conditions, but wholeheartedly, with a pure heart toward each other. That can only come from a desire to share this love of Christ that so freely flows within us. But why is that so hard for many? Why is loving other believers difficult? I suspect that it is because we struggle with taking our thoughts off of ourselves and thinking of others before self. But in those moments when that can happen, the love of Christ rises like a bright morning sunlight, and shines brightly within the heart of each believer. For that I am thankful. For that I am grateful. For I know that true friendship goes beyond spending time together. It is fixed in the heart of each other, and becomes more important than anything else in this world. And with that I am most blessed, for I think at times so unworthy of understanding this great love, and so unworthy of giving and receiving this great love. All of this the world can never know because this only comes with Christ, and the ability and willingness to surrender all the fleshly part of ourselves, dying to them, so that we may live for Christ. So that is what I am thankful for today. And I will pray today that this thankfulness will become a daily fixture within my soul, and in you, and that we may live constantly, not under the stresses of the world but under the love of Christ and those who claim the name Christian.