(1 Corinthians 1:4) “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.”
How could Paul speak these words to a congregation who had strayed from the faith by forming cliques in the church, by participating in sexual immorality, drunkenness, and more? It is because these believers, who were erring, were living under the forgiving grace of Jesus just like Paul! No matter how hurt Paul had been by their actions, no matter how many of these issues were a thorn in Paul’s side, he could wake up every morning and thank God for these people because they were his brothers and sisters in Christ!
And you and I can do the same. No matter what disagreements you have with a fellow brother or sister, no matter what issue is straining one of your relationships, you can wake up in the morning and put your head down at night and thank God for that person because Jesus paid for their sins on the cross just like He paid for yours! It is this marvelous forgiving grace of Jesus that gives us the desire and motivation to thank God for ALL of our brothers and sisters ALL the time no matter what situation may be taking place!
Thankful for ALL of you ALL the time,