“GIVING THANKS ALWAYS AND FOR EVERYTHING, TO GOD THE FATHER IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST”.
Gratitude is something every believer agrees is beneficial. But it often remains an abstract positive emotion; something we know it’s beneficial but can’t explain why.
Most of us teach our kids at home to say; Thank you”; “Please”, and to express gratitude for paying their fees, shopping for them or other kind gestures extended to them by our friends, family members and other older people. But we (Christians) often forget to give God the same respect.
“Children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, turned back ( ran away, retreated, surrendered, accepted defeat; emphasis mine) on the day of battle…..They forgot what He ( God) had done for them. ( Psalm 78:9-12)
Gratitude is always an opportunity to get more. It is important for every believer to know and understand why God would call something good. As I have indicated in my previous write ups, God is not asking for our gratitude because He needs it; all His commands to us are for our own benefit. When God commands us to serve him, give Him thanks or show gratitude, it’s not because He wants us to swell His ego, He commands us to do that for our benefit, so He can pour out more blessings on us. Gratitude helps us ( believers) remember God’s blessings in the past. Most believers these are so ungrateful as they are forgetful. They are like the Israelites. After God delivered the Israelites from bondage, and from the tyranny of Pharoah. They witnessed miracle after miracle. They saw the move of God in the land of Egypt, on the way and in the wilderness. God even moved upon the Egyptians to hand over their jewels, gold and silver to them (Israelites) as a compensation for their suffering and unpaid wages for all those years. He divided the sea, and caused Pharoah’s men to perish in the angry waters. But they still murmured, complained and criticised God and Moses. (Exodus 14:11-12)
Their complaints and ingratitude started only three days after their journey. Their song of praise and gratitude soon turned into grumbling. “Murmuring and grumbling is the greatest ingratitude. The worst any believer can do is to be silent if you can’t express gratitude.
To be cont…
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.