“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people—the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.” Colossians 1:1-8. (NIV)
Dear Lord Jesus,
One good thing really does lead to another and another, starting with You. How can it not? You are the Eternal Giver of all Good things. You are the God and the Good in all Goodness! Thank you for the Gospel; Your power to save our soul. Can we even wrap our minds around what a wondrous gift that has been bestowed upon us? We want to. Thank you for the sublime experience of a grateful heart. The peace and contentment that gratefulness brings to our being is beyond compare. We are singled out, hand-picked, chosen by You for such a gift as Salvation, with all the trimmimgs of forgiveness from sin, a new nature, Your constant fellowship, and on and on it goes! Truly, this is the Gift that Keeps on Giving! Giving! Giving!
Let gratefulness work in us to grow our faith in You. Let that faith take us to the hope we have in You; that hope that cannot disappoint. Your Love is poured out on our hope, (Romans 5:5) like a never-ending stream of sweetness, a river of delight! This gratefulness gives us eyes to see what can only be seen by faith. We have the assurance, deep in our innermost being, that You are at work in all ways, at all times, in all things, in all places, for all people, who call upon Your Name, all over the earth! This we know against all odds, all reports, and all trials. Thankfulness—we won’t go anywhere without it. And, thank you.
In Jesus Name Forever
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