Good Reasons To Have The Attitude Of Gratitude

By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen
First Baptist Church
Spearfish, SD

I hope you enjoy these thoughts on thanksgiving, first posted many months ago.

Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite days of the year, and for good reasons: we get together with family and friends and enjoy lots of good food. But more important than getting together with family and friends to visit and enjoy good food, this is a special day when many Americans stop and reflect on the blessings we have in life. And this reflection leads us to give thanks for them.

      The attitude of gratitude is a common theme in the Bible, and especially in the Book Of
Psalms. Consider Psalm 100′s emphasis on thankfulness. It is quoted from the New
King James Version.
  1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
 2 Serve the LORD with gladness;
         Come before His presence with singing.
 3 Know that the LORD, He is God;
         It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
         We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
         And into His courts with praise.
         Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
 5 For the LORD is good;
         His mercy is everlasting,
         And His truth endures to all generations.
Verse 4 tells us to be thankful to God. Verse 5 gives reasons to be thankful. Let’s consider
 some other blessings for which we should be thankful, though the list is not complete:
  • The blessing of life itself.
  • The blessing of health.
  • The blessing of family and friends.
  • The blessing of work.
  • The blessing of God’s forgiveness to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
  • The blessing of eternal life given to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
  • The blessing of permanent salvation for all who believe in Jesus Christ.
  • The blessing of assurance of that salvation by trusting the promises of God.
  • The blessing of comfort from God in time of sorrow or whenever else it is needed.
  • The blessing of God’s strength in time of trial and testing.
  • The blessing of God’s peace in life’s storms.
  • The blessing of wisdom needed for making decisions.
  • The blessing of knowing the future from the Bible.
  • The blessing of answered prayer.
  • The blessing of second chances from God when we have failed to do his will and admit it.
  • The blessing of having the Bible, which is God’s infallible Word, from which we know about all the blessings mentioned above.
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