“Grateful Living”

thanksgiving_cornucopia.jpgRejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Contentment-basking in and savoring the gracious gifts of God is easy. Contentment is foundational to a life of gratitude; if we are not content we cannot be grateful.

Contentment is our response to the grace that we have experienced through the Cross of Jesus Christ. We discover that contentment is a choice that we make. When we are content in Christ it allows us to rejoice, pray, and give thanks.

We all have heard the verse in Ephesians that says, “You have been saved by grace through faith and this is not our own doing it is a gift from God.” This verse is a foundation stone in our beliefs as Christians. It was a pivotal verse for the Reformation. Faith is a gift. So rejoice, pray and give thanks. Living and acting in the reality of our salvation and our relationship with God is a choice. Life is filled with choices, and many of those choices require faith for us.

Faith allows us to be grateful. Being grateful helps us to persevere. It lightens the burdens of those around us by giving them hope and encouragement. Rejoicing and prayer and giving thanks glorifies and honors God. It is a powerful witness. All part of grateful living.

God bless your homecomings and thanksgiving during this beautiful fall season.
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