“Showing Gratitude for our Redemption”
Friday, November 23.
“Although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor give thanks to Him.” Romans 1:21
Gratitude is very important in our Christian journey. As Christians, we belong to a faith that hinges upon the grace of God. God took us out of the darkness of sin, into His marvelous new light. God did not consider our sins, but sent his son Jesus Christ to died for our sins. In this respect, we should always be mindful, of the fact that we are saved by grace. By nature, folk are not thankful. Ingratitude can lead to many other sins. It can be a step, in the journey to moral and spiritual decline. Our scripture above is Paul’s assertion, to how pagan nations got themselves into ingratitude, which eventually led to God abandoning them. Israel, God’s chosen people demonstrated pattern of ingratitude. God, through the prophet Isaiah, made that clear: “The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, My people do not understand. Ah, sinful nation…” (Isaiah 1:3-4) In the story of the ten lepers, while all ten were cleansed, only one came back to give thanks. The one who was thankful was not an Israelite. He made that known through his words and deeds. Luke 17:17 It is always our binding duty to be thankful, for all that God does for us. We have many reasons to be thankful. I am always thankful to God for saving my life, when I fell in a well at a very tender age. Every time I visited my childhood home, something always turns my eye towards that spot, the spot that once had that well. I always thanked God in my heart. We all have something to thank God for. If we do not have anything to thank God for, we ought to thank God for healing us, from the leprosy of sin. We ought to thank Jesus for saving us from sins. Let us thank God today, for many are His benefits to us.
Memory verse: 1 Corinthians 15:57.
“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.” Dr. Robert Holden