Are you thankful no matter what? Look at the story of a man who had every right to be bitter—but wasn’t.
The next footsteps in the corridor, he knew, might be those of the guards taking him away to his execution. His only bed was the hard, cold stone floor of the dank, cramped prison cell. Not an hour passed when he was free from the constant irritation of the chains and the pain of the iron manacles cutting into his wrists and legs.
Separated from friends, unjustly accused, brutally treated—if ever a person had a right to complain, it was this man, languishing almost forgotten in a harsh Roman prison. But instead of complaints, his lips rang with words of praise and thanksgiving!
The man was the Apostle Paul—a man who had learned the meaning of true thanksgiving, even in the midst of great adversity. Earlier, when he had been imprisoned in Rome, Paul wrote, “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:19-20, NIV).
Think of it: Always giving thanks for everything—no matter the circumstances! Thanksgiving for the Apostle Paul was not a once-a-year celebration, but a daily reality that changed his life and made him a joyful person in every situation.
Thanksgiving—the giving of thanks—to God for all His blessings should be one of the most distinctive marks of the believer in Jesus Christ. We must not allow a spirit of ingratitude to harden our heart and chill our relationship with God and with others.
.”Nothing turns us into bitter, selfish, dissatisfied people more quickly than an ungrateful heart. And nothing will do more to restore contentment and the joy of our salvation than a true spirit of thankfulness.
So be thankful today in all things because the Lord has been good to us and has given us much ..
Have a great day everyone ....
Thank you Doug for the devo it really helps me to remember the sermen we heard on Sunday Ialways look forward to read it. Have a great day
I have to say when I was taken away from my grandmother by my father plus him abusing me...my marrage lots of abuse letting go my son I must say that in the time I didnt Praise but today I could with God living in me.Its not always easy...its been hard the last 7 months.Lots sufferings.I did have God but not like now...strounger.For Thanksgiving my list is long...plus I am very happy.
Thanks Doug for this devotion. I am thankful for many things but when I struggle a lots with physical pain I have a hard time to be thankful. It's easy to be thankful when it goes well but different when it don't go well. That's why I need to be focus on God more than ever. He wants me to be closer to him. Have a great day. 🙂❤️