Attitude of Gratefulness

Written by Shedrick Winfield on .

Happy Thanksgiving!

(Ephesians 5:20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Why wouldn't ungratefulness be found in someone's heart today? The bible gives an account of a rich foolish farmer who thought he deserved every good thing he had and more. He didn't take God into consideration at all and gave Him no credit for his blessings. 

He saw no reason to give thanks to God. Listen to what The Lord told him (Luke 12:20) But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? (The farmer had no power to produce his crop or to keep it. The Lord gave, The Lord took away).

Now let’s see what true gratitude that pleases God is.  (Luke 17:12-19) tells the story of ten lepers that Jesus healed on His way to Jerusalem. Only one of the ten turned back to give Jesus thanks after being healed, the others sought Jesus’ healing for their own benefit but the one's gratitude was genuine. It expressed his trust in Jesus as he recognized that he was helpless in himself and that his healing was undeserving and given by God’s Grace. That attitude of thankfulness pleased God. 

The word Thanks means-express gratitude, to be mindful of favor. 

Thanksgiving is a time to make much of the goodness of The Lord Jesus for His many blessings on earth. Jesus Christ is the mediator between man and God and every good and perfect gift from God to man comes through His cross. In our verse the statement: 

We give thanks always-because we recognize God’s control of our lives in every detail as He seeks to conform us into the image of His Son.  No matter the nature of the circumstance, God's undeserving grace is present.

We give thanks for all things- because all things work together for the good of them that love God and are the called according to His purpose.

If you believe today that Jesus is in control always, and in all things, there should be a joy in your heart and the only way that can be is through a genuine trust in Jesus Christ.  May Christ who is life, become the light of your life today.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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