Thanksgiving season releases something from within us that too often remains inactive throughout the rest of the year. It’s called a thankful spirit, a thankful heart, an attitude of gratitude. Scripture says to “let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you are called in one body; and be ye thankful”. (Colossians 3:15) We should be reminded that true thanksgiving is an act of being more than it is just an expression of words.
I believe that peace and thankfulness originate in the true peace that Christ alone can give us. When His peace rules in our hearts it will manifest the fruit of thankfulness. The heart that is ruled by God’s peace is not controlled by bitterness, anger, nor un-thankfulness. The peace of God rules the heart with a thankful spirit.
I remember when Gene Krantz served in this church for several years until he married and moved to another congregation. Gene had an encounter with Christ that brought him a real freedom from the power of sin and the world that had controlled his life. He had found peace with God and gained real love and acceptance with our church family.
Gene was such a grateful man and gave himself to serve wherever he could help in the church. Gene also discovered that he could use his slight raspy voice to sing in the church. The song most remembered by this congregation which Gene sang with such a deep emotion was the song “Thank you for giving to the Lord, I am a life that was changed”. It broke us all up. He sang it with his whole heart. The peace that he had with Jesus shined through his own heart of thankfulness.
When Gene was killed in a car accident I felt an extra loss for a man who had shown to me and to all who knew him that our lives are not measured or remembered by our abilities or giftings. We are remembered for our attitude of gratitude and for the heart of thankfulness.
A thankful heart is the result of having true peace with God. A thankful heart is an expression of how good God is to you. It is a show of appreciation for a blessed life which comes from Gods’ goodness. God is good! His mercies are everlasting! Remembering his goodness will remind you of your own thankfulness. At all times -“be ye thankful”.