Given that Thanksgiving is only a few days away, I think the timing of this excerpt from my grandmother’s notebook is perfect. This one is not as long as the previous ones, but the point is simple and makes an impact. The last message was about plugging into God’s power. The excerpt below is about Gratitude, and how it is “…one of the greatest attributes God’s Children Can Possess.”
Interestingly, part of today’s sermon at church was about being grateful and not complaining, because God forgave us of our sins. Forgiveness of our sins (Jesus dying on the cross for each of us) should be reason enough to be grateful.I’m amazed at how similar it is to the sermon that was preached today in church. All I can say about that is…God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!
Gratitude – Messages From The Bible
“Gratitude is on of the greatest graces any of God’s children can possess, and ingratitude or ungratefulness is one of [the] most vicious sins anyone can commit since it’s aimed directly at a Loving God who gives us much. What does ungratefulness do other than to make people unhappy and feel like they are deprived of the things they think they deserve[?] It’s easy to be thankful to God when we’re blessed with only good [things]. A quick recovery from illness, success in an advancement at work. The challenge comes when things don’t go our way. That’s why the Apostle Paul writes, ‘No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s Will for you who belong to Christ Jesus’ (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
God wants His children to be thankful in all circumstances. Why? Because it’s His will and He knows that those who learn to do His will, find peace and happiness in their life in good times and bad. There’s one reason alone, for all believers to be grateful to God no matter what happens in life. That’s because we know that God loves us and sent Jesus to take away our sins so that we can spend eternity with the Father and Son. The Psalmist, David understood this when he proclaimed, ‘O give thanks to the Lord for He is good! And His faithfulness endures forever’ (Psalm 107:1).
Thankfulness drives away so many bad thoughts and gives us an uplifting [attitude]. It gives us hope and determination to get through the bad times. So today let’s ask God to open our eyes to all the blessings He has given us. And ask Him to give us a fresh spirit of gratitude! Then we can say with David, ‘It’s good to give thanks to the Lord; to sing praises to the most High! (Psalm 92:1)