In our relationships, we have the opportunity to exhibit the Father’s nature by being gracious and thankful to the people around us.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 (NIV)
Our relationships on Earth can express the characteristics we find in our relationship with Father God. Colossians 3:15 explains, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Paul connects peace and thanksgiving as key elements for the body of Christ to work together effectively. How is that possible?
Imagine the body of Christ as a well-oiled machine, with each piece playing a significant role in helping the machine run smoothly. No matter how big or small the piece is, it contributes to the machine’s overall effectiveness. Likewise, we each bring gifts and strengths to the body of Christ. Replacing comparison and judgment with honor and gratitude, we allow “the body” to function smoothly, without division and discontent. The relationships among the parts of the body are essential to its overall effectiveness. A machine cannot achieve its intended purpose without congruence between each gear and part. In the same way, the body of Christ cannot be effective and powerful without peace among its members.
Living at peace with one another is Christ’s desire for us. Speaking and demonstrating thankfulness for each other allows that peace to flow. Can you remember a time someone has intentionally thanked you for a job well done? Better yet, can you think of a colleague, with whom you have had difficulties with in the past, who currently has helped you tremendously on a project? When you expressed your gratitude, what was the result in the relationship? Peace. Even if was just a little bit. Thanksgiving always disarms and brings peace into relationships.
Let us be intentional about honoring others for their unique gifts, achievements, and strengths regularly. We have the opportunity to bring the peace of Heaven to Earth each time we express thanksgiving in our relationships with other people.
Who do you need to call and thank today?
Holy Spirit show me daily opportunities to bring heaven to earth by showing my thankfulness for others. Let my posture towards people always be kindness and gratitude for the uniqueness they bring to life. Be glorified Jesus!