Today, I bring you the last series on the “HEART OF GRATITUDE”. I am more than convinced that, your mind has been renewed, and your heart has been geared towards showing more gratitude to God and the people around you.
Few traits are as distasteful as ingratitude. We have all felt some disappointment and anger when our hard work, generosity and kind heartedness go unappreciated by others. But more than just being socially unacceptable, ingratitude and ungratefulness have serious spiritual consequences on the believer’s life. Dear reader, before you try to dismiss it as a trivial consideration, first examine our main scripture in Romans 1:21 about ingratitude, ungrateful people and unthankful hearts. There is an epidemic of pessimism, anxiety and hopelessness among believers in recent times.
Being ungrateful is the “chief cornerstone” sin of all SINS ( Romans 1:1-33)
Covetousness, cult worship, worshipping creatures instead of the CREATOR, homosexuality, pride, arrogance, gossip and all kinds of malice that eventually lead to full-scale rebellion against God and humanity are all as a result of man’s ungratefulness and ingratitude. Praising God, thanking Him and showing gratitude is good (Psalm 92:1), not just because it makes us feel closer to God, but because it is the wisest and most acceptable thing to do; and the best way to show our resistance against the devil and our enemies. Our inability to show gratitude will make us focus on the actions of those who have failed, disappointed or betrayed us instead of the processes of God. When we are ungrateful, we magnify the actions, activities and circumstances produced by other people for or against us, and weigh our lives based on their responses which inadvertently saps our faith and confidence in God. When we are God- focused, we see the providential activity of God behind every storm, circumstance and challenge.
Joseph had this to say to his brothers after his trials and eventual elevation in Egypt. “You meant it for evil against me, but God meant it for good”.( Genesis 50:20) Joseph kept his focus on God, kept showing gratitude and thankfulness in every situation. He didn’t focus on the actions of his brothers, he focused on the purpose of God in the trials.
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.