I’ve been contemplating the theme of gratitude over the past few weeks—especially in light of the Thanksgiving Season. My study has led me to consider several Biblical passages on the subject—and I decided to write my own definition for gratitude—and one that seems to be consistent with the Biblical teaching that surrounds it.
Here is my rendition…
Gratitude: More than just words on our tongue—gratitude carries an obligation—it humbly acknowledges that all that we have and all that we are…have been provided to us as a gift from our heavenly Father—and as a result—we are called to honor our Heavenly father with all that we are—and with all that we have.
In the past—I think I would have defined gratitude as having been a “humble acknowledgement”—but not one that carried any obligation. But it does make sense that gratitude should carry an obligation—just as grace carries an obligation.
Jesus gave His life for us—not so that “we” could live the life “we” want. Jesus gave His life for us so that we could live the life that “He” wants for us—one that acknowledges His grace—and that seeks to live our lives for Him.
Gratitude is probably the best response that we can make towards God in light of all that He has done for us…”But God demonstrates His own love towards us in this: “While we were sinners Christ died for us!” (Rom. 5:8). Jesus IS God’s indescribable gift, and His grace and mercy should lead us to humble praise and deeper devotion to Him! There really is no other reasonable response!