Monday, June 11, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Gratitude (8)

"Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus," (I Thessalonians 5:16--18).

* Few higher goals could we have in the Christian life than to live out these 3 commands. Each requires us to see our relationships, circumstances, and experiences from God's perspective.
Are you in a situation for which you are refusing to give thanks?
Plea for the grace to repent, and submit to God's truth.

* We will never carry out these commands if we base our obedience on feelings. Whether or not we feel grateful misses the point --- we are to give thanks regardless, and let feelings come or go as they will.
Are there circumstances in your life for which you will not give thanks?
Yield to the Lord, now. Obey His Word, and give thanks for it all.

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