Week Seven Day Four - Devotion

28 Sep 2017
Jean-Ray Knighton Fitt
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Appreciating People

Colossians 3:15-17: Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

This passage is about living as a community / church family. Three times it reminds us to be grateful or thankful. This is primarily gratitude to God but it has an effect on our relationships with each other and makes us become kinder, more tolerant, forgiving and humble. Gratitude is one of the main things that makes it easier to exist happily together despite our prickles and rough edges.

Think of two or three people that are part of our church family who you are very grateful for, and thank God for them—telling him why you are grateful.

Next think of two or three people who you find hard to get along with, or have hurt you in some way. Think of at least one positive attribute about each one, something you can be grateful for. Now thank God for each of them—telling him why you are grateful for them. Finally decide how you are going to express your appreciation to each of them … a card, text message, phone call or conversation over a cup of coffee. Do not say anything negative, no “buts” ... only what you appreciate or value.

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