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 Thankfulness
   
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
 

Jesus left us a unique peace, His peace. As the song says, "The world didn't give to me, and the world can't take it away." We are called as one body to the peace of God. When the peace of God rules in our hearts we are thankful. In 2 Timothy 3:1-5, the apostle Paul gives us a vivid description of the sinful attitudes of men in the last days. Unthankfulness is included of his list.  

2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  

Although our present society certainly seems to fit Paul's description, things haven't changed much since Jesus healed ten lepers and only one returned to thank Him (Luke 17:11-19).  

We, like these lepers, were afar off. We were separated from God by the leprosy of sin. We know how that they had to constantly cry, "Unclean, unclean." Before Jesus came our way we were constantly being reminded of our uncleanness. He came our way, we cried out, and He healed us. Have we returned to praise Him? Is our gratitude so overwhelming that we can be like the one leper and praise Him with a loud voice?  

It is very easy to forget. Our society is all about image, success, personal rights, and financial success and survival. It would be good to reflect on the Sermon on the Mount. We have a heavenly Father who clothes the lily and feeds the raven. He has promised to do the same and more for us.  

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  

Scripture instructs us to be thankful. Our thankfulness is to be a lifestyle. We praise and thank God continually. He is our Creator, our Savior, and our Sustainer.  

Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him,  

We are told to bring the sacrifice of thanksgiving. This is not saying that our praise and thanks is a laborious thing. God desires praise and thanks from willing grateful hearts. We thank Him for life, for He is Life itself. In Him, we live, we move, and we have our being. By Him all things consists and He upholds all things by the Word of His power (Jn, 1:4; Acts 17:28; Heb.1;3; Col. 1:17).  

We thank Him for our inheritance. We are heirs of God and joints heirs with Christ Jesus.  

Colossians 1:12. Giving thanksunto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  

We abound with thanksgiving in the faith of Christ. Our thanksgiving causes the grace of God to be magnified to us and to give credit to His glory.  

Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  

2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things [are] for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
 

Lastly, whatever we do "in word or deed," we do in the name of Jesus in thankfulness. This is our lifestyle. We are different than the world. We see things differently. We live in praise and thanksgiving. We can only so live, when we have the peace of God abiding in our hearts.  

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ 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.
17 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.
     

Song: My God, My King and My Redeemer

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