Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we, thine unworthy servants, do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful; and that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
by Edward Reynolds (1662)
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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)
Gratitude ought to be one of our most important postures as Christians. Indeed it is a defining characteristic. It goes hand-in-hand with humility. We should remain grateful continually but our thankfulness ought to especially be evident when we contemplate all that we have so undeservedly received from our God and Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Where, then, is there room for boasting?
I believe we must vigilantly teach our children the attitude of gratitude. As I learn more and more about the new generations, I keep running into the word…entitlement. It seems to keep popping up with greater emphasis in every description of the emerging generations.
For the Christian, there can be no such attitude. Entitlement flies in the face of grace. Grace by definition is voluntary. It is unmerited. And while we shouldn’t be surprised by God’s grace (because of who God is), we ought to indeed be amazed to our core. We must pass this on to our children. Gratitude is a legacy that glorifies God and edifies his children.
Below are some articles that are worth reading, contemplating, and teaching to your children.
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