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Gratitude (8/10)

10 Aug

Gratitude…

Gratitude is a positive emotion that involves being thankful and appreciative and is associated with several mental and physical health benefits.

When you experience gratitude, you feel grateful for something or someone in your life and respond with feelings of kindness, warmth, and other forms of generosity.

There are three stages of gratitude: 1) Recognizing what we are grateful for, 2) Acknowledging it, and lastly, 3) Appreciating it. In other words, appreciation is the final component and the last stage in the gratitude process.

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 4:15

So now let us take this and put it all together to show just how important gratitude is in our daily life as a Christian. Now you are asking what is he saying that gratitude must be part of our daily life?

The most critical factor of life is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. Gratitude is an attitude of overflowing thankfulness and a prime indicator of our relationship with God.

When gratitude is lacking, grace has either not been received or not been understood. The state of our relationship with God is revealed clearly by our gratitude towards Him.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

God loves to hear from you. He often wonders why you never call or write. Seriously though, prayer is the simplest and surest way to convey appreciation to God. Sincere simple prayer, given from the heart and expressing your thanks for the wonderful life you’ve been given, will touch God deeply.

Gratitude might be the ultimate spiritual practice This is because of its Proto-Indo-European root, gwere, meaning “to praise, to celebrate; to be in contact with the Divine.” In other words, being grateful is equivalent to feeling the presence of the Divine in our lives. It is the same as being in a state of bliss.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

God doesn’t give us good things to placate our sense of fairness, but because He is generous and knows what we need and when we need it. Most often, our sense of what’s “fair” comes from comparing what we have to what someone else has. We don’t know the whole story of what’s going on in someone else’s life or why they have what they do. Truthfully, it’s none of our business.

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. 2 Thessalonians 1:3

We should follow in the pattern of the good Father with our children. Don’t worry about satisfying their sense of what’s fair, don’t even pretend to. It rewards complaint and entitlement.

For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. 1 Timothy 4:4-5

Instead, give willingly according to what each one needs and from a place of generosity. Biblical gratitude and thankfulness are valuable in the kingdom of God. They turn our attention towards the giver honoring their effort by responding with kindness, appreciation, and goodwill.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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