Gratitude, an Attitude of Being Thankful
Gratitude is an attitude of being thankful, even when we do not see what we have. This is an aspect of worship, expressing to God, and others, how they have benefited our lives by showing them support, appreciation, and benevolence. Because His blood has redeemed us, we are grateful.
Although gratitude can mean thankfulness, or to respond to a favor we have received, it is a much deeper response where our hearts are filled with gratitude for the many blessings that God gives, even when they seem small to our wants, or even though we may not be able to see them.
Ingratitude, and Disapproval are the opposites. This means the refusal to acknowledge and respond to what Christ has done for us. This can be a Christian who does little to nothing with their faith and remains in the ways of the world, or just refusing to grow and respond to God. This places a barrier to seeing the great, incompressible gift of grace we have received, and then refusing, or forgetting, to respond to our Lord.
1. Find at least one thing you are grateful for.
No matter how big or how small find at least one thing every day to be grateful for.
If you can’t think of anything to be grateful of thankful for, we can always be grateful and thankful that Jesus loved us so much that He died for us so that we can be free.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
2. Gratitude releases the blessings.
Jesus is always with you, he knows everything about you, He wants to help you.
If you want God’s help, you have to learn how to be grateful. Focus your attention on what you have and not on what you don’t have.
Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
3. Rejoice not for the trials but in the trials.
An attitude of gratitude brings on great victory. Praise God in the situation not for the situation and watch God come in and shift the atmosphere. Praise NO matter what you face, thanking God.
Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
A few questions to ask yourself: is Gratitude working in you.
- How do I exhibit Gratitude in my daily life?
- What can I do to develop a better attitude of appreciation for what Christ has done for me?
- What blocks me from having Gratitude?
- How can I make Gratitude function better, stronger, and faster, even in times of uncertainly and stress?
Psalm 107:8 (NIV)
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
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