1 Corinthians 8:3 (AMP) 3 But if anyone loves God [with awe-filled reverence, obedience and gratitude], he is known by Him [as His very own and is greatly loved].
There is power for us in gratitude. We cannot think about thankfulness if we overlook thinking about grumpiness and complaining. Being thankful has the power to change our lives. Murmuring and complaining may keep us in the same situation for a long time. It is easy to be thankful when things are going our way – but how difficult is it to be just as thankful when things are not going well? How can we do that? Because we have hope and faith and know that God is doing great things in our negative situations.
Some of our grumpiness is just out of pure and plain habit. To be honest, there is always something to be happy about. We just make a choice to look at the negative and our problems rather than the things that are going well. It’s easy to complain about what our spouse does do or does not do, or what is going wrong in our children’s lives. We can turn that around and talk about how God uses our family to carry out His will. I love God, therefore, I am very thankful.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (AMP) 18 in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
It’s easy to say we are thankful, but are we showing our thankfulness through our behavior? There could be a lot less strife in the world if we were just polite and kind to one another – the people we work with, the people we live with, those in traffic who annoy us, etc. How about being thankful for the job, for the family, and for transportation?
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen