Hello everyone. 🙂 Today, I will be sharing one of the most powerful lessons that God has taught me; Today, I will be talking about how God has been teaching me to live with a spirit of gratitude. It is my prayer that that the thoughts below will bless and encourage others as they have blessed and encouraged me.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:23 (KJV)
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (KJV)
“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (KJV).
When I think about what I really deserve and about what God has been giving me instead, I realize that I have SO much to be grateful for. In comparison to all of the unfortunate and/or unfair things that may happen in this life, God’s grace and mercy are much, much, bigger. When I think about what Jesus went through, this thought becomes even stronger.
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:3-6 (KJV)
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (KJV)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (KJV)
What Jesus went through on our behalf is times and times and times worse than what people who have suffered humanity’s worst, most vile, heinous, heartless and wicked injustices have been through. He died a horrifying death on behalf of all of us: including the very ones who tortured and killed Him. My sins made Him go through all of this horror. He most definitely did not deserve the death that He died, and yet He willingly gave up His life so that all of us could have the opportunity to have eternal life. And even though many people have rejected, are rejecting and will reject His blood bought offer of salvation, He doesn’t regret dying for any of us. Let us not grieve Jesus by rejecting His blood bought offer of salvation.
When I think about all that Jesus went through for us, I see all of my frustrations, disappointments and difficulties in a new light. I see that, in the midst of all of these things, Jesus has been giving me more than I deserve! He suffered and died, paid the penalty for my sins, and is now extending me the offer of eternal life! When I meditate on how much I am receiving from God compared to what I deserve from Him, all of my frustrations, disappointments and difficulties become easier to bear.
I don’t deserve to breathe God’s air…and yet He shares it with me. I don’t deserve to drink God’s water…and yet He shares it with me. I don’t deserve to eat God’s food…and yet He shares it with me. I don’t deserve to walk on God’s earth, and yet He shares it with me. Why does He do it? I could never pay Him back for all that He does for me and yet He just keeps sharing. I am receiving SO much more from Him than what I deserve….and we all are.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You so much for your incredible mercy. Thank You for not giving us what we deserve. Also, thank You that we can have hope through You, because You are preparing to make an end to all of the misery and sin in this world. Please help us to become more and more loving, merciful, kind, caring and selfless. Thank You SO much for Your love for all of us.
In Jesus’ Name Amen
Note: I recommend that you all read this blog-post. In this post, I give a brief overview of why this world has become what it is, and I also share the hope that we can have in Jesus: the hope of one day being in a world that is run completely on the principles of love and unselfishness.