Why should we obey God and live according to his commandments? Why should we clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience? (Col 3:12) Why should we bear with each other and forgive each other and put on love as part of our festive clothes to his glory?(Col 3:13-14)
One of the reasons for living the new life in Christ is gratefulness. We have faith in Christ as our thankful response to the grace of God in Jesus Christ.
Because we are grateful to God for everything we receive from him, we want to live the new life of constant thanksgiving, because the message of Christ dwells richly in our hearts and lives.
Furthermore, we live a life of gratefulness for all the blessings received from God. First of all we bless God for the gift of faith that enables us to embrace the grace of God given to us freely through the life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
But we also live a loving gratefulness life for all the material, physical and spiritual blessings he has given to us. Because we received the gift of faith in our Lord, we want to respond with holy love that embraces obedience and holiness and righteous living, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience in every aspect of our existence.
Most importantly we give thanks to our Lord through prayer and joyful worship and singing. Always and everywhere.
Through everything we do in life, in word and in deed, through living every aspect of our lives in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ to honour God the Father through the power and gifts we received from the Holy Spirit, we give thanks to the Lord!
Read and contemplate the following from God’s holy Word:
Colossians 3: 15 - 17:
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and reprimand 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