Just a Little More Gratitude, Please!


Is there anything you can do to repay God for His goodness to you? The short answer is no.  God is too good and what you can give him is too small to come anywhere close to being sufficient.  But the good news is, God does not want you to even try to repay Him.

Now, while we can never repay Him, being grateful to Him is a good thing and our gratitude is something God delights in.  Unfortunately, God gets far less gratitude from us than we could give Him, and certainly far, far less than He deserves. That is not surprising since the Bible reveals that one of the characteristics of this Age would be unthankfulness.

Why is there such an epidemic of ingratitude towards God? Three reasons.  First,  a propensity to forget.  God blesses us today and by the time we face the next challenge, we have allowed the memory of what God did for us in the past to fade away.  Second, a tendency to take many of God’s blessings for granted because they are so consistent.  Imagine how grateful we would be for the air we breathe, the food we eat, the house we live in, if God was not so consistent in providing these things for us every day.  Thirdly, a sense of entitlement. Gratitude is impossible when we feel we are entitled to what we have and, in fact, deserve more than we are getting.  Until we come to know we have nothing we did not receive and every good thing, both natural, and spiritual, is a gift of grace, our hearts will be ungrateful.

In the Book of Psalms, chapter 116:12-14, we read:

What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows to the LORD Now in the presence of all His people.”  ‭‭

The Psalmist was responding to God’s goodness and acknowledging all of His benefits. He chose not to let God’s blessings fade from his memory, not to take them for granted, and not to think he was entitled to any of them.  Conscious of God’s grace and mercy towards him, his heart overflowed with thanks as he searched for ways to better express his gratitude to God.  His example is worth emulating.

Child of God, God loves it when you are continually drinking from the cup of salvation, calling upon His Name, and overflowing with gratitude.  So, I encourage you to let the example of the Psalmist inspire you.  Become intentional about recalling the blessings of God daily.  Don’t allow yourself to forget, don’t take His goodness for granted, and don’t accept the false notion that you are entitled to any good thing you have received from God.  The result will be that you will start to give thanks to God in ways you believe are meaningful to Him.  But it won’t be because you are forced to, but because you want to.  And in this, God will take great delight.

 

5 Comments on “Just a Little More Gratitude, Please!

  1. I just can’t be grateful enough to God; God has really helped me,these year I have achieved almost 90% of the things I was planning to do.

  2. Indeed, gratitude is all we need to show, for God’s gracious salvation to us through Jesus Christ, the Lord. Such gratitude is expressed to God when we are thankful for His Servants, and the people He continually used to uphold our lives, as it’s written: “Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is with those who uphold my life.” (Psalm 54:4/NKJV). This upholding comes in many ways….but we are thankful to God, for upholding our lives, with redemptive covenant salvation through Jesus Christ, and all that He is doing for us under the blood of Jesus…We are thankful to Him for giving us Jesus Christ, as our Lord, and Jesus and God the Father sending us the Holy Spirit, as our Helper, and for the Body of Christ, and Ministerial and Spiritual Gifts given to us; We thank God for the Saints, agapetae, in the fellowship of light; We thank God for His abundant eternal life to us, and all prosperity, good health, fruitfulness and inheritance in the kingdom of life. Mostly, we are so blessed, by Him that His blessings are uncountable, but in the midst of its all, we are shielded by His Holy Spirit, and covered by His redemptive banner against all the enemies works of wickedness. We thank Him for His immortality to come, as well as His everincreasing faithfulness, and lovingkindness toward us at all times, and in all things. We mostly thank Him in our generation, for raising up Bishop Darlingnston and Chris Johnson,….. in His house, at “Bethel World Out Reached Ministries International,” with all the vigilant anointed Ministers of His, … and we are grateful for choosing us to be a part of such Ministries, in the harvesting, and shepherding of souls. We are grateful… to God through Christ, for all these blessings He is bestowing upon us!!!!

  3. Father God thank you for all you’re doing for me and I refuse to be ungrateful to you Lord.
    Thanks Bishop for the reminder

    • I am very Grateful Lord for all You have done, for all You are Doing and continue to do, ln Jesus Mighty, Powerful, Precious and Glorious Name! Amen!

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