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peace and thankfulness

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

I read this verse this morning and thought about the connection between peace and thankfulness.  It’s there.  It’s definitely there.

The most peaceful people I know tend to be the most thankful people I know.  There is a gratitude that flows from them in every conversation, in every situation.  You can’t talk with them long before hearing words like “blest,” “fortunate,” “grateful” and others like that.

Conflict is fueled by a sense of being wronged.  It is fostered when one person feels cheated or deprived of something.

Contentment, on the other hand, flows out of thankfulness.  And content people tend to be peaceful people.  If I am content, I do not have to resent you for what you have and what I don’t have.  My contentment is internal.

The next time you are feeling anxious, fearful, or just plain contentious … ask yourself, “What do I have to be thankful for?”

Peace be with you.