Develop An Attitude of Gratitude

Our Lord and Savior is clear on this issue: We are all called to be thanks-givers. Who? You! When? In all circumstances! Why? Because it's God will for you! Whatever else you may be confused about concerning God's will, this part is clear. It is not a suggestion, it's a commandment. And since there are more commands in Scripture about thanksgiving than anything else, God eventually enjoys receiving thanks. The psalmist said, "I will praise the name of God with a song; and ...magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock" (Psalms 69:30-31). The question comes to mind is why does God have to remind us to give thanks? For the same reason you remind your child to do it, it's considerate, and until it becomes habitual, we forget! David, a man after God's own heart, prodded his often-forgetful soul into thanksgiving. "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits" (Psalms 103:2). When you find yourself feeling ungrateful, stop and read David's "benefit list" in your Bible-it will fire up your attitude of gratitude. Even when circumstances don't look good, God can turn them around for your benefit. In all things He deserves your thanks. Even at his lowest point in the belly of a whale, Jonah recognized the need to thank God, and "out of the belly of hell cried...I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving" (Jonah 2:2). So be very sure that you make a habit of "giving thanks always for all things unto God" (Ephesians 5:20)..Simply develop an attitude of gratitude.

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