Tuesday, February 27, 2007
PSALM 107:1 NKJ
1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
It seems the more people have the less thankful they become. Today complaints are abundant, but thank you’s are few.
COLOSSIANS 3:15 NKJ
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Being thankful is not a choice for a Christian. If it was impossible, God would not have told us to do it.
So, why are people not thankful?
Gratitude is a mark of maturity. Ingratitude is a mark of immaturity. Babies are never thankful.
Neither are proud people thankful. Why? Because their mindset is that they deserve not just everything they have, but even better. "Why be thankful for something less than what you deserve?" describes their thinking.
A funny thing you will notice if you consider it: unthankful people are never happy. In fact, the more thankful a person is, the happier they are.
(This is an example of how acting on God’s Word is for our benefit. God didn’t invent commands just to be bossy.)
You will not be bothered with depression if you act on the Word of God and "be thankful." The cure for unhappiness is being thankful. Try it.
But how can you overcome the bad habit of ingratitude? Only by changing your core beliefs. As long as you believe you are getting a raw deal, or less than you deserve, you will never become a thankful person.
But if you realize that you deserved punishment and eternal separation from God — yet in His mercy God instead gave you what He deserved, and EVERYTHING you have — including every breath you breathe — is a gift — then you will become a thankful person.
SAY THIS: I give thanks to the Lord for He is good, and His mercy endures forever. I will be thankful for all God does for me.