Grateful In Everything

September 9, 2012

Friends,
There is a certain something that seems to be a cure-all for almost every problem and emotion. It is gratefulness. If we’d all practice gratefulness, and do so over years, we should become strong and unaffected by those stormy trials, difficult people, and painful situations that enter our lives now and then (or often).

Think about it: Have we ever met a grateful person who was not bubbly and joyful, kind and considerate, and a pleasure to be around? Gratefulness to God and others dispels ugly feelings. It dispels gloominess, grumbling complaints, anger, and unhappiness in general.

Col. 3:15 tells us to be thankful, while verse 16 encourages us to sing with gratitude in our hearts to God. Singing really proves faith, and faith, of course we know, moves mountains. (Matt. 21:21)

1 Thes. 5:18 commands us to give thanks in all situations, informing us that this is God’s will for us. Yet though it is God’s will, many “Christians” are not obeying. Instead they let themselves be filled with weak, sinful, and idle thoughts, and with anger, fear, envy, and un-forgiveness. With ingratitude, they mull over their tough situations rather than thanking God for all that He is teaching them through their hardships.

Shouldn’t we, when we encounter sickness and pain, thank God for the parts of our body that are healthy and do function? Truly, in such a fallen, evil world, we all could easily have become quadripeligics long ago. Shouldn’t we, when we must live or work with difficult people, be thankful for any good qualities we see in them, as well as what the Lord is teaching us about love and patience and the rest of His attitudes? Shouldn’t we, when we must walk along an otherwise sad, lonely, or bewildering road of turmoil or failure, know that this is when the Lord becomes most real and intimate with us and thus thank Him for such a privilege? We should. For God’s Word commands it.

It doesn’t mean we’re not to grieve when appropriate, or get angry when appropriate, or ever feel loneliness or sorrow. Jesus Himself had such emotions with corresponding actions. But it does mean that we’re not to wallow in self-pity or allow ourselves to sin, and that we must thank God even while mourning, so that soon we can rise up in joy and strength.

This is how we continue to live in Christ, and are rooted, built up, made steadfast in the true faith, and are enabled to continually overflow with thankfulness. (Col. 2:7) –Thankfulness in everything; and gratefulness toward others, especially toward our compassionate and mighty God.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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