A Life of Gratitude
Brother Pablo Molina
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
16 Rejoice always,
17 pray without ceasing,
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Matthew 11:28–30, John 10: 7–11, and Romans 8:31–32 show God’s heart for us. God is for us, for our good. (See scripture at the end)
1.Joyful in every circumstance:
As opposed to happiness—transient delight in momentary circumstances—joy is a state of mind that focuses on the bigger perspective of God’s goodness (cf. Heb. 12:2).
2.Prayerful in every moment:
“Pray continually” implies uninterrupted communication with God. Like a cell phone that we never turn off, we are never to disconnect from God.
3.Thankful in every situation:
Gratitude Is Cultivated: Four Practical Applications
1.Repent: of the sin of entitlement
2.Pause: gratitude grows in the pause
3.Capture: built-in reminders (Resurrection Day: Sundays, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas)
4.Model: pass on to the next generation
Additional Scripture from above:
Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
John 10:7-11 (NIV)
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.
8 All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Romans 8:31-32 (NIV)
31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?