How do we display our thankfulness? What should our lives look like if we are filled with thanksgiving for the blessings which are lavished upon us? What does the face of thanks look like?
The greatest commandment--
Our thankfulness is demonstrated when we obey this commandment. NOW---I must admit--some of you I do not like---no not one bit and others there are times I do not like how you act---BUT I love you--because HE has told me I should love you as He loves me. Getting past the "Don't Likes" can be difficult --down right hard---but He does not ask for me to like you or your actions---He DOES ask that I love you.
The best example I have found is my relationship with my children. I love them---with all my being---with all of my heart---I love them. There have been times--when I did not like them or how they behaved. It did not change my love for them--I could love them with a good case of the perturbs leaking from every pore.
When I find myself not liking someone --I step back and ponder why they behave in the manner they do. What has occurred in their lives to cause them to act like a ----? In most cases, there is a root cause of poor behavior.
We all desire to be loved--but somehow we have lost the map/misplaced the key/thrown away the directions on how to find that love. I have spent a lifetime seeking for someone to love me--until it finally sunk in. Love is found when you love others. Forgetting your pursuit of love--and simply loving first--without regard to what you will receive in return. Jesus taught us this lesson well---He died for us---suffered--was rejected--scorned--and He never thought what will I receive in return. He sacrificed his very life for us--without hesitation and in great love and humility. He loved us first--loved us most--loved us best.
"Do" for those you love and don't simply do--but out do. "It is our job to generously out do, no matter what, and discover that the prize in this contest of generosity is more love." Jan Karon So exhibit your thanksgiving for others by loving them and doing for them. Putting self on the back burner and think instead of them--always first. How much more beautiful would life be if--we always thought of others first.
I dare say---God does not always like us---or how we behave. I am assured by His very character that He loves me. What a blessing--and how thankful I am for His sufficient love as exhibited by His abundant grace. So---to show my thankfulness to God---I love you all and pray this love exhibits my thanksgiving for all to see.
A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.