Give Thanks

Give thanks to the God of heaven,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 136:26 NASB

Give thanks to God who has worked immeasurably for the good of His people and His creation, for His lovingkindness, His mercy has always been and will always be.

God is good. He’s eternal. He is merciful, full of lovingkindness. He is above all other gods. He created the heavens, the earth, the seas, the sun, moon, and stars. He delivered the Israelites from Egypt, divided the Red Sea, destroyed pharaoh and his army. He delivered Israel from many enemies. He gave the nation of Israel the Promised Land. He provides food for every creature that needs it.

All of these things that He did for Israel, He does for us. He provides for us, shows us mercy, delivers us from our enemy – Satan. He loves us. He is always faithful to us.

He is faithful to keep His covenant, the new covenant in Christ’s blood that seals our salvation. He will transform us. He will take care of us.

Too often, we don’t trust Him as we should, as He has proven Himself beyond doubt to be worthy of. We are afraid – afraid that we will not have what we need. Maybe we’re too attached to worldly things – we look to them for delight and security – because we don’t delight in God. Maybe we become resigned to our current level of spiritual maturity. Or we are not thankful for what we have.

His grace is sufficient for us. We need to trust and delight in God because He provides for all our needs. He has already done so much for us that it cannot be measured, and He is faithful to continue to care for us.

Christ’s grace, the Holy Spirit in us, can transform us into children of God who live lives of faith and of gratitude.

 

 

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The Peacemakers

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1 NASB

God desires that His people, His children, be unified. He blesses unity greatly with His presence, with anointing, with refreshing, with life. He wants peace among His people.

Unity in the church means that we can be effective in God’s work. It also means that being part of the church is refreshing, pleasant, life-giving, rather than draining, exhausting, frustrating. Unity means we all treat one another with love. It means we all do our part. It means we submit to one another’s needs. It means we encourage and hold one another accountable. It means we, as a body, are focused on a singular purpose. It means we work to make peace with one another.

Each of us needs unity with our brothers and sisters because it brings life-giving blessing from God. When we forget the significance of unity in the church, we become frustrated, exhausted, selfish.

When we are frustrated with others, how much of our frustration is our own selfishness? We must work harder for peace and unity. Submit. Release selfishness. In truth, thought it’s only His grace that can overcome our selfishness so that we become peacemakers, unifiers.

Then each of us, personally, could be more at peace.