Being Grateful , are you grateful for God’s love? 

  Being Grateful , are you grateful for God’s love? 

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).

Before we knew Christ—most of us weren’t lovable; rather we were self-centered and focused on pleasing ourselves. Yet God looked down and loved us so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ to die for us. We give thanks because we are loved passionately and unconditionally throughout eternity.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV 

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Hebrews 12:28 ESV 

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,

Psalm 118:1-18 ESV 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. …

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV 

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Ephesians 2:8 ESV 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

1 John 4:7 ESV 

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

Ephesians 5:1-33 ESV 

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. …

James 4:6 ESV 

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Hebrews 11:6 ESV

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

2 Timothy 4:3 ESV 

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Luke 7:36-50 ESV

One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.” …

John 3:16 ESV 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Luke 17:15-16 ESV 

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.

Isaiah 53:1-12 ESV

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. …

John 3:16-17 ESV 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

John 5:15-17 ESV 

The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

Isaiah 4:5-6 ESV 

Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy. There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.

Philippians 2:14-15 ESV 

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Galatians 2:20 ESV 

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Colossians 2:12 ESV 

Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:51 ESV 

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

1 Timothy 6:8 ESV 

But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

Galatians 3:26 ESV 

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

Revelation 21:4 ESV 

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV 

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

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One Comment

  1. Matt. says:

    Gratefulness…
    A great topic to consider and sadly, it happens often that many of us don’t pass the litmus test.

    I like the story of the 10 lepers. Of the many that were restored, only one thought to express his gratitude. This one in particular happened to be a Samaritan The implication is that he was most likely not expected to act as he did. It was a Samaritan woman that Jesus told that they knew not what they worshiped. It was also a Samaritan on the Jericho Rd. that when out of his way to help a Jew. A Jew who, if the circumstances were different, out of hatred would probably not done the same. The people of God, the Jews, were often found not acting as the people of should have. On the other hand, those who were not God’s people stood closer to God in gratitude and gratefulness.

    When I look at the Church today I wonder how far we’ve come from mimicking similar behavior. Do we, after coming to Christ and being restored, soon forget what has been done for us. Is it necessary to witness the gratitude of a sinner fresh from the grip of sin in order that our gratefulness be rekindled?

    Again I say… A great topic, one to be considered closely.

    Blessings

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