Where Does Gratitude Come From?

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

It’s that time of year where gratitude is a common focus. How many thanksgiving cards and greetings have you received? (And, “happy thanksgiving” counts when you see it in an email.) Could you tell what was more of a platitude and what was actual gratitude?

Most of us can detect honesty from obligation. This verse reminds me of how to produce true gratefulness. It begins with Jesus, evolves into peace, and expresses itself through thankfulness.

Like most things in life, what we believe affects our motives which becomes our actions. What I’m noticing is that being thankful comes after letting Christ be the Commander of my heart. Perhaps it is a cause and effect: Jesus brings thankfulness when He reveals what true peace looks like, feels like, and sounds like.

These days, I find if I am not writing I am not at peace. And from that peace I say in earnestness, thank you, dear readers, for your continued support. I’m grateful you are taking the journey with me and supporting the upcoming book.

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What are you grateful for this season? Where have you found the connection between Jesus’ rule, His peace, and the abundance of gratitude? Let me know on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HopelesslyHopefulBooks

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© 2020, Mollie Bond. All rights reserved. Originally published at www.molliebond.org.

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