The holidays are generally recognized as the season of gratitude. However, I am writing a series of posts about gratitude at the end of June because gratitude should be an everyday occurrence and applied to all areas of our lives. God has been shining a light on areas where I should do less complaining and more thanking.
Webster’s definition says gratitude is ”the state of being grateful; warm and friendly feeling toward a benefactor; kindness awakened by a favor received; thankfulness.” Read more about 30 Things to Be Grateful for Today.
Cultivating a Grateful Heart
In reality, we often don’t realize those benefits because gratitude is pushed to the side when the struggles and demands of life claim victory over our hearts. Amidst all of that, we forget to pause and thank God for all that he has done for us, and continues to do.
“For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened.” Romans 1:21.
However, a grateful heart leaves us looking towards God and away from our struggles. Through His power, the grip that our struggles hold over us starts to fall away, and His peace and strength overcome.
Bible Verses About Gratitude
A grateful heart puts aside grievances and thanks God for His mercy and grace towards yourself and others.
“I always thank my God for you because of God’s grace given to you in Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:4.
A grateful heart makes us depend on God and realize that He is with us and in control of all circumstances.
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6.
A grateful heart cannot grumble because you cannot serve both negativity and gratitude at the same time.
“And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called into one body, control your hearts. Be thankful.” Colossians 3:15.
A grateful heart helps us realize how much we have to be grateful for and allows us to be satisfied with what God has given us.
“Riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler of everything, Power and might are in Your hand, and it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all. Now, therefore, our God, we give You thanks and praise Your glorious name.” 1 Chronicles 29:12-13.
Adopting an attitude of gratitude will turn your eyes to the things God has already given you and allow you to recognize that He is present in all situations. As you focus on the blessings God has already given you, your heart will turn away from complaining and be filled with thankfulness. Praise God for He is good and faithful!