Grateful Hearts Start with Humbled Hearts

This month, over at Do Not Depart, we are writing about having a renewed mind. More specifically, we are writing about submitting our minds to Jesus’ Lordship. Today I published a short and simple little post on being grateful because you are humbled. Here’s an excerpt:


What is Gratitude?

Gratitude. Simply put, it is the state of being grateful —  feeling or showing an appreciation for a benefit received. We can be grateful for all sorts of benefits, such as family, friends, home, health, career, car, and so on. But is there more?

We should absolutely be grateful for these things, because every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17). However, we should also recognize that there is more — much more — to be grateful for. And in order to be grateful for these other things I am alluding to, we need to come to a place of humility.

Grateful hearts start with humbled hearts.

And being truly humble comes from knowing who God is and who we are.

Who is God?

Let’s be honest. None of us know God perfectly — not yet anyway. We are sinful people living in a fallen world. And because our sanctification is not yet complete, we allow our sin to separate us from God. Even though God has fully revealed Himself to us (Hebrews 1:2-3), our sin keeps us from seeing and knowing Him clearly. That said, even a small glimpse of who God is can begin to lead us to humility. So, who is He? [Read the rest here.]


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