I am thankful for the Peace that God provides through His Church

There are many passages in the Bible that remind us as Christians to be thankful. Here is one of them.

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)

In this context thankfulness is tied to the “Peace of Christ” which dwells in the “hearts” of the saints who are “members of one body.” I think thankfulness plays two roles in this passage: it is both instrumental in producing peace in the church, and it is the result of peace in the church. Christians are supposed to be naturally content, knowing that the God we serve is a good and loving God who will protect His church against the Devil. We need to be thankful for the blessings that God has given us through the church.

Sometimes we don’t feel like thanking God for the church. After all, sometimes there are nasty church fights in which so-called Christians cruelly hurt and abuse one another. At times like that we don’t feel very thankful. But even than we can still praise God for the blessings He gives us through the body of Christ. Even in times of church conflict true believers will find a way to demonstrate the love of Christ. It may be difficult to observe because true love is characterized by meakness and gentleness, which is easily drowned out by angry voices spouting passion and rage. But wherever there are true believers there is love; there are people behind the scenes quietly putting out the fires that others have caused. I will always be thankful for the church, even when it seems to let me down. Fellowshipping with the saints gives me peace, even during times of strife and disagreement.

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