Gratefulness – remembering and appreciating the many benefits that I have gained from God and people; remembering that everything I have and am is because of the mercy and grace of God and the investment of others into my life.
November is “Thanksgiving” month.
Let’s take a few days to be grateful and to offer thanksgiving to God and those who have been such a blessing and help to us.
Start with remembering what a sorry sinner you were (and still continue to be at times).
I mention this, not as some sort of penance or self-flagellation, but as a good dose of much needed humility to battle pride and an entitlement attitude.
Remembering our own sinfulness and moral sloppiness and the amazing and matchless mercy and patience of God to extend grace to us is so good for us.
It makes us more patient with others, more longsuffering, and more grateful for the little things. It reminds us that if God never does another thing for us, just the fact that he gave his only begotten Son who died on Calvary to redeem us, forgive us, and restore us—that’s enough.
- The ONE THING for today: Oh wonder of wonders that, sorry and worthless sinners that we are, God loves us and we are forgiven. Let us praise him with high praise and abundant thanksgiving and let us extend that same mercy and grace to others in His name.
Hebrews 13:10-15 (NKJV)
10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. 15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.