Cultivating Gratitude

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Hebrews 13:15 By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name.

An attitude of gratitude is a willingness in our hearts to express our appreciation for the life that God has given us to live. This includes the big things and the little things, for the good things and even when we are experiencing bad things. We don’t thank him “for” the bad but “in” the bad we remain thankful for He is always good. It’s an awareness that just being alive is a blessing, not to be taken lightly, or for granted. An attitude of gratitude helps us to see life from a different perspective and it allows us to see life from God’s perspective rather than ours. Being thankful should be a lifestyle for the child of God rather than a holiday that we celebrate once a year. This kind of attitude takes some effort to develop.

Ingratitude can be defined as forgetfulness of, or poor return for, kindness received. Another definition is to be oblivious to benefits or to be forgetful of benefits. We are living in the time period called the Last Days which are described as perilous times. It was prophesied that this period would also be filled with people who were unthankful, the ungrateful, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy 2 Timothy 3:1, 2.” The unthankful are actually fulfilling Bible prophecy. Romans 1;21 adds that ingratitude or unthankfulness extinguishes the light of God and the mark nof a foolish heart, “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.” I’d like to be among the non-comformists and not fulfill this prophecy and instead be a grateful person full of thanksgiving. I have found that when my heart is filled with gratitude it is hard for it to be filled with anything else. It seems like a powerful force to repel negative attitudes.

Hebrews 13:15 says, “By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name.” Notice that it takes effort (something we offer up to God) to have an attitude of gratitude. This lifestyle does not just happen, it is cultivated. This is not easy especially when it seems that our life is falling apart and nothing seems to be going your way. That means that we must make a deliberate decision and take the initiative (… let us ….) to live a life of gratitude and expressing our thanksgiving for the life that God has given us.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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