A Grateful Heart…

A Grateful Heart…

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (I Thessalonians 5:18 KJV)

One definition for the word, Grateful, is to possess a thankful disposition toward one for whom favor has been shown. Well, favor has certainly been shown towards mankind by our Creator God. Therefore, it would stand to reason that we, as recipients, should possess a heart of “Gratefulness.” However, sadly, I feel that too many “Believers,” followers of Christ Jesus, fail to possess and maintain a heart of committed “Gratefulness.” I realize that it’s not always easy to be “thankful” for everything within our lives, especially when mixed with painful, harmful, and hurtful things…But, God teaches us to “Give Thanks in All Things for this is God’s Will in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Possessing and maintaining a “Grateful” heart requires Faith in believing that God is working all things (both good and bad) for the “good” of those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28). Not that all things are “good,” but that God, in his time, will work all things for the “good” of His purpose and plan for our lives. That’s not always easy to accept; especially when tragedy strikes. But, I have seen people who have been able to climb above their circumstances to Praise God in the midst of all kinds of major trials, defeat, persecutions, and pain…A heart of “gratefulness.” Too many times a lack of “gratefulness” leads to feelings of depression and victimization. Without a grateful heart a person can start feeling way too sorry for themselves and the circumstances they may be facing at the time. Only a “grateful” heart can bring one’s mind out of self-centeredness; even in the midst of turmoil. Possessing a “grateful” heart is like showers of rain on a desert land…It brings refreshing waters into our lives. If we really want to walk in Joy and Peace with God we must learn to protect and guard our hearts against all kinds of wrongful deeds, bitterness, hate, malice, and unforgivness. One of the best weapons or tools for Spiritual warfare against such attacks is to be “Grateful” unto God for the amazing favor He has shown in His Love for us through His Son, Jesus Christ…Today, I encourage you to seek out a “grateful” heart…Realizing that without God none of us would have one single thing in this life; or even life itself…I am grateful for a grateful heart towards my loving Savior. Amen.

Remember, God Loves You.
Lin T Rollins, Author

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