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Gratitude 11/17/08 Pastor Rodney Johnson
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Annually as a nation we celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving. The importance of this holiday cannot be overestimated. We as humans, because of our sin nature, seem to spend more time and energy dealing with the negative aspects of life. Complaining about the government, the 'next-door-neighbor", the lack of money, too many bills, our ill health we have, our spouse's shortcomings, and on and on it goes.....

We somehow think that everything should always 'come-up-roses' for us and that troubles shoulld always flee away. However, the reality of life is that which Job experienced, "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. Job 14:1 When we have this in mind, we will be joyful when we have good days and thank God for them. People who have been in bondage, either spiritual or physical, rejoice in their freedom. Those who do not have enough to eat rejoice in having food to eat regardless of the quality of it. Those who are seriously ill rejoice when they feel well again.

Above all if we are burdened with the guilt of sin, we rejoice in the blessed assurance of the forgiveness of sins, thanking God for our Saviour Jesus Christ our Redeemer. It is a simple thing to say "Thank You' for a blessing of some sort, whether a gift from man or a gift from God. However, a true sense of gratitude is more than a momentary giving thanks. Giving thanks is mre than a quick prayer or word of grace before meals. It is an overall continual_expression in life of praising God for His mercy, love and grace. When we so live, our attitude in life is a blessing to others, thereby serving them and God.

Gratitude is: A moment-by-moment heartfelt gratitude to God for life and all that it contains. It is an appreciation of life in body and soul, the gift of God in Christ Jesus of the forgiveness of sins, the gift of faith to believe it, and the promise of eternal life. Therefore it is written: "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." The emphasis here is "In every thing" and "in Christ Jesus", whether we consider it good or bad. Knowing the Hand of God is upon us and that His promise is that "All things work together for good to those who love God!" How could that be wrong? This is what FAITH accomplishes in us an dwhy the Lord teaches us to be grateful and GIVE HIM THANKS!

This was written by Pastor Rodney Johnson, Laurium, MI reprinted here with his permission.
Posted on 17 Nov 2008 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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