Biblical gratitude is much more than quickly “counting your blessings” or a task to check off the to-do list. Rightly focused gratitude can transform how we view God and this also affects how we appreciate others.
Gratitude has been called a parent virtue for a reason. Gratitude paves way for other virtues to mature as well. we become more patient and joyful as we become more grateful!
There are times in life when we feel down when nothing seems to be going right. Friendships may have gone sour; life feels overwhelming; so many things we don’t even have answers to, Yet these are the times when gratitude plays a powerful role in our lives.
We can complain about the situation, focus on everything we lack, wallow in self-pity, feel victimized, and blame others for our misfortunes or we can be grateful for what is going right in our lives, appreciate the good that is ours, look for the lessons we can learn and trust God with our lives.
Gratitude changes our perspective, our outlook, our feelings. It changes how we express ourselves. As a result, gratitude changes our experiences.
In various instances, we see Jesus showed an attitude of gratitude all through his walk in the earth. He had a grateful state of thought, a thought that saw the infinite possibilities of good, a thought that saw fulfillment rather than lack, a thought that saw life instead of death.
Paul gave a cogent reason to be grateful always in his epistles which supersedes all
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1Cor. 15:57)
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place” (2Cor. 2:14)
Paul admonishes us to be grateful because Christ has given us the victory and we are victorious at all times. This in itself allows us to feel God’s mercy, His goodness, care, compassion, and unconditional love for us which is everlasting and ever with us. Gratitude is Power, Make it a Lifestyle