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Thanksgiving Reminder

We are less than a week from Thanksgiving. During this time of year, we take the time to remember the things for which we are thankful.

I love this statement to the Corinthians. Paul says, “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus.” Look at this verse. Why does Paul give thanks for the people? In the people he sees the grace of God.

Paul has a perspective of the Christian life that we often miss. When he thinks of the people- he knows their struggles and faults (and the Corinthians had plenty), yet it is the grace of God that shines in his thoughts of the people.

Most of us focus on what we have done or haven’t done. When we think of others, many times we focus on their struggles or faults. This is how the world views others. Paul gives us a strong reminder-Christians focus on Christ and what He has done. What has Christ done? He has given you and your neighbor the grace of God.

This Thanksgiving, may we proclaim with Paul, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1)

On this Thanksgiving, Heather and I thank God for the life that comes from His Son. We echo with Paul our thanksgiving for you “because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus.” We love you and pray for you regularly.

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