The apostle Paul was a grateful man. That’s because he never forgot how greatly he had sinned against the holiness of God. And he never got over the wonder of the amazing grace of God that had reached down to him, undeserving as he was. His life is a great illustration of the principle that “guilt + grace → gratitude.”
When you read Paul’s New Testament letters, you can’t help but notice he was thankful for others. Paul didn’t just leave it at generalized expressions of gratitude—he often took time to identify specific individuals for whom he was grateful and then let them know how much he appreciated their contribution to his life and ministry.
People matter to God. And they should matter to us. It’s important to take time to recognize and express appreciation for the contributions even little-known people make to His kingdom and to our lives.
Lord, I want to love people the way You showed us. Help me to express my gratitude to others for specific ways they have invested in me and enriched my life. Thank You for giving me people who love me and care for me. Open my eyes to every person who needs encouragement from me for how they have loved me. Thank You!
Gratitude in Action: Today, make a list of individuals who have blessed or touched your life in some way. Ask yourself, “Have I ever thanked this person for the way God has used him/her in my life?” In the next twenty-four hours, find a way to express your gratitude for his/her’s influence in your life. Then move to the next one . . . and the next.
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