The Benefits of Gratitude
Thanking God glorifies and magnifies Him, but did you know doing so also benefits us? The Lord doesn’t need our gratitude, but as we give thanks, we become less selfish and more confident in God’s character. Expressing gratefulness …
- Refocuses our attention. Life is filled with distractions that can make it harder to notice all God has done for us. Instead of living with the weight of the world on our shoulders, it’s good to try refocusing on the Lord by thanking Him for His faithfulness.
- Relieves our anxiety. Many people in our society live with constant apprehension. But when we bring our concerns to the Lord with thanksgiving, the burden shifts to Him, and His peace comes to us (Phil. 4:6-7).
- Refreshes our relationship. Gratitude keeps us from thinking that the Christian walk is all about us and our needs. Our fellowship with God is enhanced when we focus on Him.
- Reinforces our faith. Thanksgiving helps us dig ourselves out of the pit of discouragement and strengthens us spiritually.
When you’re overwhelmed, thanking God is probably not on your radar. But I’ve learned from experience that acknowledging all the Lord has done is a sure way to change attitudes and re-energize.
Bible in One Year: Romans 14-16
From In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley