(Post submitted by Pastor Greg)
A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most powerful traits every Christian should embody. It’s actually a characteristic of faith that is often forgotten or overlooked. We can easily get caught up in what we don’t have or what someone did to us that was wrong. Sadly, we harp on things that annoy us or gossip our negative opinions more easily than we give compliments.
When we live our lives overwhelmed with contentment and gratitude, we have an abundance of peace, blessing and the favour of God.
Thankful people are worshippers. “Enter his gates with thanksgiving. Enter his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name” (Psalm 100:4)
Thankful people don’t get offended. We can forgive others when we remember the forgiveness God has extended to us.
Thankful people are humble. The Apostle Paul models this as he celebrates other people’s success.
Thankful people are full of peace. They trust in an Almighty God who will provide them with supernatural peace in every situation.
Thankful people are “others” focussed. They see the value and potential in people because they understand how God has used them. Thankful people want to see others blessed and prospering.
Thankful people are generous. A spirit of thanksgiving produces a generous spirit because we recognize everything we have is a gift from God.
Lord, when I look at my life, I truly have so much to be thankful for. You have blessed me in many ways. Help me to focus on this more heavily than the struggles I face. Thank you for your word which brings life and direction to me. I want my reputation to exemplify the qualities above. In Jesus’ name, Amen.