What is Gratitude?
According to Webster’s dictionary, the word gratitude \ ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd is “the state of being grateful: THANKFULNESS. Gratitude is thankfulness, it’s being thank-full always.
Why Should We Be Thankful?
Maintaining a heart of gratitude is crucial to the Believer’s walk of victory, thankfulness is the greatest antidote to worry. It is a state of heart, one must sustain at every given point in life. God expects His children to be thankful always, ‘Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. ‘Philippians 4:6
We are to give thanks to God – ‘Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.’ Psalms 107:1. Our Father God is a good God and we should always show gratitude towards Him for saving us from the devil’s hell and for translating us into His kingdom, we now are sons of God. We should be thankful to God for the finished work of redemption. ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore, the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. ‘ – 1 John 3:1-2
We are to give thanks for all men and those in Authority – The Apostle Paul, in his epistle to the early church admonishes us to give thanks for all men and for those in authority. This is talking about always thanking God for those in leadership, constantly praying for them. ‘Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. ‘ – I Timothy 2:1-2
We are to give thanks for the people in our lives – Oftentimes, we take for granted the precious people that God places in our lives, this is not right. We are to constantly be grateful to God for placing people in our lives and we are to always let these people know we are thankful to God for having them in our lives. Extend your appreciation to your spouse, your children, your staff, your employer, your colleagues, your pastor, your friends, your parents, and the list goes on. The Apostle Paul was always giving thanks for the Believers in his life and ministry, ‘Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: ‘- Ephesians 1:15-16
We are to give thanks in good times and bad times – God does not change, He is the same in the ‘good times’ and in the ‘bad times’; we are to be grateful in all situations, not that we are thanking God for the bad things but giving thanks to Him that in spite of the challenges and situations we may be facing, we are confident that He will provide a way of escape, because His love endures forever. See Psalm 136:1-26; Philippians 4:6.
We are to praise our way to victory – Thanksgiving is the highest form of prayer and what better way to give thanks than to praise God in the Spirit. The Apostle Paul and Silas were imprisoned for preaching the gospel, this was a dark and lonely moment in their lives, they could have worried, complained and become bitter towards God and the gospel, but they maintained a heart of gratitude and began to praise God – ‘But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. ‘ Acts 16:25-26. See Acts 16:25-34.
Whatever state you are in right now, begin to thank God and appreciate Him for who He is and for what He has done in Christ in you. Choose today to always remain grateful and watch yourself live a life victory in Christ.
Rev Taiwo Oladipupo graduated from Rhema Bible Training Centre, Manchester, England in 2007, with a Diploma in Ministry. He is ordained and credentialed with Rhema Ministerial Association Int’l (RMAI), he currently serves under the leadership of Rev Tokunbo Adejuwon as the Divisional Head of the Media & IT Division of Rhema Nigeria. He’s very passionate about teaching, developing and investing in people. He is happily married to Abigail and they are blessed with two lovely children, Ifeoluwa and John.