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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Are you grateful or...


I know that "grumbful" is not a real word but if you had the opportunity to describe people who overflow with grumbling what would you call them? Each one of us is one or the other - there is no fence to sit on when it comes to this topic. God's expectation is clear - let's read these verses:
Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. (1 Thess 5:18 - Amplified)
At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. (Eph 5:20 - Amplified)
Take note of the words I italicized. We both encouraged and instructed to give thanks (i.e. be grateful) in everything - and for everything, whether or not we like the things because Romans 8:28* tells us that everything - good or bad, gladdening or saddening is always for our benefit. The 2nd reason why we should be grateful not "grumbful" is for longevity:
1 Cor 10: 10-11 - Don’t even grumble, as some of them did and were killed by the destroying angel. These things happened to them as a warning to us. All this was written in the Scriptures to teach us who live in these last days. (Contemporary English Version)

This quote has stuck with me since I first heard it is:
"If you are not grateful, you are a great fool."
~ Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye

May we all be grateful always for all things. AMEN

*We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are chosen to be a part of His plan. (New Life Version)

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