Are you Gathering? In His Word 11-21-16

Are you Gathering? In His Word 11-21-16

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.1 Corinthians 1:3-9

T’is the season to gather together in His name and be thankful for all things! Or is it?
We are to gather together in our tradition in the United States but not all over the world. Still if you are reading this in China choose to be thankful today as you read the Word of God in a country where sometimes that is not the easiest thing to be able to do.  We in the North America take for grated God’ goodness often I think. We have accessed resources that allow us to read the Bible in many languages and translations; not every place in the world can do this. In our country this is a week of gathering together with family and friends. It used to be just one day but now the schools let out for the week and many work places take time off for family this week. This is something to be grateful for, don’t you think? 
I know it means a lot more work and planning for many of us who have friends or family coming to town to share the feast of giving thanks but I for one think it is worth it to have the fellowship with other people and encourage one another to find one thing to be thankful for.
And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies.  Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. 1Thessalonians 5:12-22
Unfortunately gathering together as family is not always a joyful time sometimes we forget to be thankful that we have one another. There are many people out there without one or both parents, without siblings and basically all alone for the Holidays. We should be thankful that we have family and look to invite those to join in with us who do not have anyone to be thankful for; we can become their reason to be thankful! Not just for the one day but always; we should give thanks with a grateful heart for we have life and we have a purpose. I know a lot of people out there will think of the things to be thankful only one day of the year and then grumble and complain the rest because its not the day of thanks.
Some things to remember as you gather together with family or friends are;
1- Do not argue over what is right to eat and what is not; give thanks that you have the choice!  
In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God. For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. Romans 14:5-7
2-Be kind to one another tenderhearted treating one another as we would like to be treated.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.  Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32
3- Show love for one another; even if you don’t feel like it play a game of chess, or apples to apples and just have fun!

If you do those three things when you gather together there will be no way to not find at least one reason to be thankful and grateful. You may just enjoy yourself this year!
 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” Matthew18:19-21

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for all that You do for us each day. Bless those with which we will gather this week and help us to bring You into the gathering, in Jesus name, amen.
Read some more in; Matthew 18:1-21, Ephesians 4:1-32,

1 Thessalonians 5:1-28     Romans 14:1-23    1 Corinthians 1:1-31