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I Thank God For You

I Thank God For You

07 December 2011

Today’s Reading: Colossians 1-4

Scripture:

We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:3 NLT)

Today the thing that caught my attention first was part of Paul’s greeting to the Christ-followers in Colosse: “We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God!” Then I thought about the readings for the past few days as Paul wrote to his friends in…:

Philippi: Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. (Philippians 1:3 NLT)
Ephesus: I have not stopped thanking God for you… (Ephesians 1:16 NLT)
Corinth: I always thank my God for you... (1 Corinthians 1:4 NLT)
Rome: …I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you... (Romans 1:8 NLT)

Paul loved these people deeply—the ones he knew well and the ones he had never met face-to-face.

God has given Jean and me the privilege of loving Christ-followers in a lot of places around the world. This morning I thought of friends in Jamaica, Hong Kong, UK, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada, and I thanked God for them all. I thanked God for each one who came to mind. I remembered times we were serving Jesus together. I remembered our love and friendship for each other. I thought about how I feel when I hear news from our friends in Christ in these faraway places.

Then I thought about my friends and fellow Christ-followers here in the US and how much they mean to me. I thought about friends in Christ I’ve never met face-to-face who are reading GraceNotes across the US and around the world. I’m wealthy beyond measure in the relationships and the influence God has given me!

Friends, value your relationships and invest yourself in them. Your relationships and your influence are your real, true, and lasting wealth! You can take that with you!

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for my family and friends around the world. Thank you for their friendship, their faith, their service, their sacrifice, and their influence. Bless them with all spiritual and all natural blessings. I pray Colossians 1:9-13 for them all! Amen.

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