Thursday, October 15, 2015

Be(come) Thankful

     While re-listening to one of my favorite sermons ("The Prosperity Gospel" from The Lamb's Chapel in Haw River, NC), one of the scriptures quoted struck me as perfect for the subject of a Thankful Thursday post on The Flowing Well.

     The New King James Version states it this way:

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. - Colossians 3:15 (NKJV)

     I'm not sure why it spoke to me the way it did, but I'm thankful that it did.

     At first glance, the verse seems to be telling us to: 

  1. be peaceful, and don't get yourself all worked up in your heart.  That's just your mind trying to persuade you that circumstances are different than they really are.
  2. be thankful, as those around you (those Christians in the one body) are thankful
     But after pondering that verse during my walk to the post office, I wasn't quite convinced of that.

     Check out the Young's Literal Translation of the scripture:

15 and let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye were called in one body, and become thankful. - Colossians 3:15 (YLT).

     Perhaps the peace in our hearts precedes us being thankful.  Could it be that God is saying that a peaceful heart brings about thanksgiving?

     What do you think?  Leave your thoughts/insights about Being vs Becoming Thankful in the comment section below. 


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