Gratitude to God proves our humility, as its absence proves our pride. Mortals charmed by their own affability can’t sense their fall from Grace. Only those ashamed of their sins are subject to its removal by Christ’s sacrifice.
Indeed, the believer’s response to life constitutes the essence of gratitude. God makes great those who know they are small. Who never think they are great and God is small! God delights in forgiving those who know their sins are many, but know that Christ’s blood covers them all. Who never think their sins are few so their debt to God is small.
Gratitude is thanking God that he wants to banish our sins; and thanking him for deigning to fill our new life with his righteousness. Gratitude is appreciating God’s ongoing, never-ending life replacing our constant dying and death.
In return, God is always the object of our gratitude for giving us a FAITH that’s anchored in the Past, geared to the Present and focused on the Future. For God’s spiritual wealth and wisdom are merely explored in this life and plumbed only in the world to come. So we thank God for the pardon of our past, the power over our present and the promise of a future that is so vastly in excess of this life that we’ll forget this one ever existed! –End Part III-
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