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Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

When I think of thankfulness I think of the Apostle Paul. Even in the midst of great adversity Paul was thankful. In Ephesians 5:19-20 while in prison Paul wrote…… “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Paul was teaching us to be thankful no matter the circumstances! Paul knew being thankful wasn’t just a {once a year} celebration, but a daily reality that changed his life and made him a joyful person in every situation. Being thankful to God for all His blessings should be one of the most distinctive marks of a believer in Jesus Christ. Our world is full of ingratitude. Many people are more concerned with what they don’t have, who is disagreeing with them, or what is unfair in their eyes. People have allowed their hearts to become hardened to thankfulness….. Bitterness, selfishness, and overall dissatisfaction are the norm in our society.

Today, ingratitude and thanklessness are far too common. People want more of everything instead of being thankful for what they have. Children forget to thank their parents for all that they do. Common courtesy is scorned. We take for granted the ways that others help us. Above all, we fail to thank God for His blessings.

Ingratitude is a sin, just as surely as is lying or stealing or immorality or any other sin condemned by the Bible. One of the Bible’s indictments against rebellious humanity is that “although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him” (Romans 1:21, NIV). An ungrateful heart is a heart that is cold toward God and indifferent to His mercy and love. It is a heart that has forgotten how dependent we are on God for everything.

From one end of the Bible to the other, we are commanded to be thankful. In fact, thankfulness is the natural outflowing of a heart that is attuned to God. The psalmist declared, “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving” (Psalm 147:7, NIV). Paul wrote, “Be thankful” (Colossians 3:15, NIV). A spirit of thanksgiving is always the mark of a joyous Christian.

I am a joyous Christian!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!