SUNDAY SERMON ON THE BLOG – THANKFUL FOR EVERY CHRISTIAN.
I never stop thanking my God for being kind enough to give you Christ Jesus, who helps you speak and understand so well. -1 Corinthians 1:4-5. (CEV)
The apostle Paul was amazing. He is writing to one of the most problematic churches and yet finds reasons to give thanks for them.
First, he is thankful for them because Jesus died for them. When God extends his grace to others, how can we not do the same?
Second, he recognizes the areas of their abuse are also a reason to give thanks, they may have distorted it, but when reined in to honour God, these gifts could bless their church.
Even though he has tough words to follow, Paul's example reminds us that a child of God is something to be cherished, even if they have problems.
Loving Father, give me a heart to be thankful for all of your children. I confess that it is often so easy for me to view others based on how they view me, share my theological opinions, or how much trouble they cause me. Forgive me, for I know if you had done the same with me, I would have never been one of your children. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, help me rejoice in all of your children. In the wonderful Name of Jesus I pray. Amen.