The Secret of Gratitude

According to scripture, there are many excellent reasons to develop gratitude; some of them are:

  • Philippians 4: 6-7- Gratitude/thanksgiving is God’s will for us
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34- Give God gratitude because He is good and loving
  • Psalm 9:1- It is an obedient and good choice that we can willfully make
  • Colossians 3:15- It is a command from the Lord to be thankful
  • Luke 22:19- Jesus Himself gave thanks
  • Nehemiah 12: 27-43- Gratitude and joy are connected: Thankfulness leads to joy and joy leads to gratitude

HOW TO DEVELOP GRATITUDE:

Remember the past: Review the ways that the Lord has been faithful in protecting, providing, leading, healing, counseling, and delivering you and others throughout your life.

Consciously regard the present: Take notice and meditate on each and every blessing throughout the day. Be thankful for resolution or deliverance from mistakes you made; and, the avoidance of mistakes that you might have made without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Give thanks for being able to evade mishaps, such as narrowly avoiding a wreck. Give thanks that the Lord has saved you and is always with you no matter what happens that day.

Give thanks for the future: Realize that God is the same…yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8); therefore, we can completely depend on and trust Him just as in the past. We can rest in the fact that our Father’s love never fails (Psalm 136:1); and, Jesus will never leave or forsake us (Deut. 31:6; Hebrews 13:5)..