I found Colossians 3:15-17 interesting as I was looking for verses about thankfulness – three verses in a row with a form of the word thankful. The word in verses 15 and 17 is the word for gratitude. Thankfulness in verse 16 is the word charis – grace. I think gratitude is graceful. A heart attitude of thankfulness will show outwardly as grace.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the many blessings you send. Please help me to cultivate a heart of gratitude and show grace in my life.
God’s Word is so important. This is communication directly from the hand and heart of Almighty God. He loves us so much that He provided all we need for life (2 Peter 1:3). Obeying God’s Word does not mean life will be easy. However, working on obedience is like building a muscle. The more we work, the stronger we become.
I think we get tripped up by our feelings in this area. We don’t feel good about obedience or things don’t turn out the way we hope. We need to keep working on building obedience as God commands. We will be rewarded.
Dear Heavenly Father, please help us to obey as You command. Thank You for the rewards You provide. Please help us to wait on You in our obedience.