Ponder A Little (Blog)
|Posted on May 17, 2018 at 8:05 AM|
How can Christians be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thess. 5:18)? Is it possible? Does this even make sense? Are we supposed to be grateful for bad news? The death of a relative, the loss of a job, a terminal diagnosis. Surely God does not expect us to smile and boast gratitude for these events in our lives?
No, He doesn’t. God is not morbid. Jesus wept when his good friend Lazarus died (John 11:35). God does not expect us to be thankful FOR all our circumstances. He only expects us to be thankful IN all circumstances (1 Thess. 5:18).
Our lives are supposed to be rooted in a heart of gratitude. Job after suffering enormous loss declared, “God gives and takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). We can weep and experience the pain of loss while still having a mindset that recognizes God is in control, He is good and He knows what is best.
Having a heart of gratitude moves our thoughts off of ourselves and the pain of our circumstances. An attitude of gratitude is healthy and beneficial for us. It keeps us focused on God’s sovereignty and the bigger picture of life from God’s perspective. Because for Christians, all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).
So how do we create an attitude of gratitude? First, we need to make it a habit. Gratitude is an action, not an emotion! Giving thanks to God is something we have to condition ourselves to do regularly. Second, it is achieved through the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). By feeding on the Word of God every day, the Holy Spirit will inevitably renew our minds in many different ways. One way is to develop a permanent mindset of gratitude in all aspects of life – the good and the bad. The result is a personal, greater sense of well-being and the peace of God.
Nurture the attitude of gratitude in your life today!
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