Can you recall the last time you gave thanks for anything in your life? Do you stop and really say a heartfelt “Thank You Lord”? or even to your family when they do something for you that was thoughtful? Or how about when a stranger opens the door for you when you are out and about running errands?
Yes, I’m aware that the world is ugly out there with so much hatred and evil. I see and hear more negativity than good. Looking at the crazy storms we are seeing and people losing their homes and loved ones. We cannot lose our hope and our faith in the darkest moments of our lives. Find a few things in your life to be grateful for. Your life, home, kids, spouse, job, food on the table. Or here’s one that should be first in everything, Thankful for God’s love and forgiveness.
Nothing turns us into bitter, selfish, dissatisfied people more quickly than an ungrateful heart. And nothing will do more to restore contentment and the joy of our salvation than a true spirit of thankfulness.
If you take a look at your Bible from the beginning to the end, we are commanded to be thankful. In fact, thankfulness is the natural outflowing of a heart that is attuned to God.
The psalmist declared, “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving” (Psalm 147:7, NIV). Paul wrote, “Be thankful” (Colossians 3:15, NIV). A spirit of thanksgiving is always the mark of a joyous Christian.
Thanksgiving, the giving of thanks to God for all His blessings should be one of the most distinctive marks of the believer in Jesus Christ. We must not allow a spirit of ingratitude to harden our heart and chill our relationship with God and with others.
Today, ingratitude and thanklessness are far too common. Children forget to thank their parents for all that they do. Common courtesy is scorned. We take for granted the ways that others help us. Above all, we fail to thank God for His blessings. Ingratitude is a sin, just as surely as is lying or stealing or immorality or any other sin condemned by the Bible.
One of the Bible’s indictments against rebellious humanity is that “although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him” (Romans 1:21, NIV). An ungrateful heart is a heart that is cold toward God and indifferent to His mercy and love. It is a heart that has forgotten how dependent we are on God for everything.
Learn to be thankful for everything that God has given you.