Guest Post: Choosing Gratitude

Today we have a guest post from my lovely mother. :)

I have been going through the book Choosing Gratitude:  Your Journey to Joy, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss with our mom/daughter group from church.  This has given me a very rewarding look at gratitude & how gratitude affects us when we choose to practice it in our everyday lives.  Yes, gratitude is a choice.  We can choose to be grateful or to be ungrateful.  The Bible is full of examples of people choosing, good & evil – Adam & Eve, Cain & Able, Noah & family, Jonah, David & Uriah, Daniel, Job & his wife, Saul, Peter, Judas, the twelve disciples, just to name a few.  We, like them, also have the ability to choose – in regards to this article, gratitude or ingratitude. 

Let’s look at just three reasons why we, as Christians, should choose gratitude.

First, we should choose gratitude because of what the Bible says about gratitude.  The KJV Bible mentions the word thanks or a form of it one hundred thirty nine times; the word joy, or a form of it, is mentioned one hundred one times.  As Christians, our lives should be marked by thankfulness & joy. 
 As Nancy says in her book, 
“A grateful man or woman will be a breath of fresh air in a world contaminated by bitterness and discontentment.” 
 Just a few Scriptures to consider are Psalm 107:8,
 “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” 
 Colossians 2:7,
 “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
  and Philippians 4:6,
 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” 
 Also consider Romans 1:21, which gives the consequence of being ungrateful,
 “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” 
 God expects gratitude from His people.  The consequences of ingratitude can be devastating.  Devastating to our spiritual life, but also devastating to our physical health, emotional health and mental health.

Secondly, as a Christian, if we truly realize the incredible sacrifice Jesus Christ has made on our behalf, our only response can be to live with gratitude.  Gratitude for what He has done for us.  John 3:16,
 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  
Gratitude for what He will accomplish in & thorough us.  Philippians 1:6,
 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”. 
 Gratitude for His wonderful gifts – big & small.  Colossians1:16,17,
 “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
  Gratitude for the wonderful hope those who believe on Him have of eternal life with Him.  John 10:10b
, “… I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” 

Third, gratitude helps take the focus off ourselves & bring glory to our Creator.  True gratitude that is overflowing from the heart focuses on others, their needs and desires.  Ingratitude causes us to focus on ourselves, and everything that we perceive is wrong with our life.  When we are grateful from a heart that is overflowing, others are blessed, and God is glorified.  II Corinthians 4:15
“For all things are for our sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.”

I think that Paul embodies the spirit of gratefulness for us when he says in Philippians 4:11
“… for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
  Choose gratitude because God expects it.  Choose gratitude because of what Christ has done for you.  Choose gratitude to bless those around us and bring glory to the One who created you.  It is hard not be affected by a grateful person.  They exude joy to all those around them.  Be the one who exudes joy to a lost and dying world.

Choose gratitude – today & everyday!

Hope you all enjoyed!!

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