I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 1 Corinthians 1:4
Paul was not all about himself. He was so glad to see God’s grace at work in people’s lives.
Here Paul thanked God for the grace given the Corinthians by Jesus the Anointed One. Can you see God’s grace at work in others? Maybe it even seems like God is blessing others more than you are. Can you still give God thanks for them? “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:7)
It is envy or greed, which looks at the blessings of others as a disappointment. We should be joyful in the success of others. In a way, that is a form of giving. We rejoice in the blessings of others, thereby pronouncing grace upon them. And as God would set up life, it’s about giving. The more we give whether it be in material things or in our praise and prayers for the success of others, we receive.
The more we thank God on other people‘s behalf, the more grace we come to know. Paul says he thanks “always.” Everywhere and all the time Paul thanks God for the grace given them by Jesus. That doesn’t leave much time for pity over your circumstances.
This is a hard saying because it is hard to do. It goes against our nature. It requires a great renewing of our minds. We want for ourselves. It’s the selfish nature we were born with and most of us have honed it to a fine edge. We are good at being selfish but not so good at being selfless. To overcome we can look to the success of others. Give thanks for God’s grace at work in someone’s life. Rejoice when things go well with others.
Think of several people today and say, “I thank my God always on your behalf for the grace working in your life.”