The beginning of men’s rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart.
We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the small (and yet really not so small!) gifts we receive daily. How can God entrust great things to those who will not gratefully receive the little things from God’s hand?
The word gratitude may need a little explanation. It comes from the same word as freedom. When something is gratis, we consider it free. Gratitude is the freeing expression of a free heart toward one who freely gave.
On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.
Grace overwhelms us with God’s love, and as a result our heart resonates with the desires of God. His purposes become our own. Our soul delights in his service as love for him and thanksgiving for his mercy make us long to honor him. True grace produces joy and promotes godliness.
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