I’ve decided to dig into the book of Colossians this year for my devotions. This morning as I was reading through all four chapters again to familiarize myself with the book, I was struck by how often thankfulness, in one form or another, is mentioned. Not too long ago, Owen and I watched the TedTalk above about gratitude (which I highly recommend) so the topic of gratefulness was already swimming around in my head. So this morning’s words of “thanks,” “thankfulness,” and “gratitude” jumping off the page at me was just confirmation (and a gentle kick in my pants) to BE THANKFUL! Here are the verses all put together for your enjoyment and my sanctification.
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you…” (Col 1:3); “We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” (Col 1:9-12); “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Col 2:6-7); “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. 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.” (Col 3:15-17); “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Col 4:2)