Expressing Our Gratitude
Brother Pablo Molina
Psalm 63:3-5 (ESV)
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name, I will lift up my hands.
5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
2 Corinthians 2:14-17 (ESV)
14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.
15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,
16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?
17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
To help children develop an attitude of thankfulness, both to God and to those God places in their lives, we must work with them to verbalize thank-you’s and, when appropriate, write a thank-you note to the person who has blessed them in some way. God blesses us in a many ways and we have the privilege of saying thank-you in two significant ways.
1.With our lips
The words that come from our lips have great power, (Prov. 13:3). God’s Word is “living and active” (Heb. 4:12), and our words have a life of their own
a. Our words reflect the position of our hearts before God
b. Our words are expressions of worship and thanksgiving to God (Ps.63:3–5).
c. Our words bring either cursing or blessing to others
2.With our lives
In Colossians 1, Paul expresses how he prays for his brethren. In verses 9–10, Paul says, “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Paul talks about the importance of our walk,” that we live in ways that are “worthy of the Lord,” with actions that are “fully pleasing” and “fruitful.”
a. Our actions are prepared in advance by God to bring Him glory (Eph.2:10).
b. Our actions are intended to bring blessing to others (Matt. 25:31–46).
c. Our actions are to spread the aroma of Christ to all people (2 Cor.2:14–17).