{Colossians 3:15-16; NLT}

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

Whatever else we may need, whatever support systems might be helpful to us, whatever insights or truths may aid us in our journey, nothing will heal us if we are ungrateful. No truth, no matter how profound, will find its way into a heart that is absent of gratitude. Gratitude is the singular characteristic that will determine how far we travel on this quest…It is gratitude that nurtures wholeness and expresses itself as generosity in the end. Gratitude is the pathway of love. It unleashes the healing power of love. It increases our capacity to experience love and to give it.

Erwin McManus, Uprising, p. 114

Questions to Consider:

  • Why is gratitude essential for healing and wholeness?
  • What makes gratitude difficult?
  • How is gratitude and love connected?


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