Thank you and I love you
March 28, 2015
Gratitude and affection are two of the greatest cures for just about anything. Especially when neither of them is our first choice. Often we’d rather withhold them and be resentful or self-righteous or unhappy instead!
But those qualities of thought and their ensuing actions, only serve to extend the problem and alienate the participants.
What did Jesus do? And why is it important to know?
First of all, Jesus was the Way. (John 14:6) That means that his words and works were a way of redemption and salvation, a way of being one with his Father, just as he was. (John 17:21) But he also was a model, an example; a way of behavior for his followers. (John 14:12)
Did Jesus practice or preach resentment or self-righteousness or any other of the numerous expressions of fear and hate? No, of course not. He was the master of love and compassion, under all circumstances. That deep affection, for both God and man, brought health, calm, sustenance, and safety at all times.
And his gratitude to God for every healing transaction, large and small, determined a more holy outcome. He never failed to be blessed by his heavenly Father, and to bless those around him as a result.
Think back to when you had a misunderstanding with someone that wasn’t resolved. It’s easy to replay that event over and over, to imagine saying or doing something different. Often, we picture telling them what we really think. But the truth is, the only cure is gratitude and affection. In your mind’s eye, replay the event with you saying thank you and I love you. And expecting nothing in return.
This is not a gimmick when based on the power of God, as Jesus based it. It’s the natural outpouring of God’s own love for His creation. Realizing your spiritual relationship with Him, and its effects, gives your gratitude and affection authenticity. Then, regardless of the other’s response, you’ve moved the conversation in a new direction, one with a holier basis.
This takes practice and patience. And in the face of occasional lack of improvement, it takes persistence. But every effort to give in this way is a shift in the conversation. And blessings will follow.
I wish to say to you – dear readers, known and unknown – thank you and I love you.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.