Symptoms of Gratitude – Notes/Study Sheet
* Comfort can be found in Psalms. Ex. Ps.116:12&17. * Personal sacrifice necessary to demonstrate gratitude to God.
1. We should be grateful for what we have.
* Life is good in spite of hardships. Things can always be worse and God blesses us daily (Ps. 68:19).
* Give thanks to God daily (Col. 3:17).
* Present your bodies a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1-2). Our bodies are to glorify God (I Cor. 6:13).
* God wants the sacrifice of our life, not our death. Under Old Law, sacrifices were put to death.
* Service –
* Worshipful service is spiritual only when characterized by conscious service to God.
* Our thanksgiving may be for those important to us, as with Paul (Rom. 1:8; I Cor. 1:4; II Tim. 1:3; Philemon 4).
* Must show gratitude to God, who is w/us always (Mt. 28:20).
2. One symptom of gratitude: praise.
* Paul praised even in prison (Phil. 4:10).
* Praising God is:
* Verbal sacrifice; fruit of our lips (Heb. 13:15).
* Praise a symptom of gratitude because it:
- Puts the spotlight on God. - Shows that we’re thankful for the things God does.
- Evidences appreciation for what we have, even when it comes through other people.
- Manifests thanksgiving for what we have, even when it comes through painful circumstances.
3. Second symptom is generosity.
* Must give of our means to God (I Cor. 16:1-2). Our offering a strong indicator of level of gratitude & faith (Mt. 6:33).
* We give in proportion to our blessing (I Cor. 16). One widow gave all she had (Luke 21:1-4).
* I Thess. 5:17-18 – Do we thank God for everything?
* Generous offerings are pleasing to the Lord (Heb. 13:16).
* Generosity seen in Jacob (Gen. 33:11) & in a reformed thief (Eph. 4:28).
* Generosity a symptom of gratitude because it says:
- “I’ve been blessed & want to share it.” - “God has given me enough to share.”
4. Third symptom is contentment.
* Defined: Satisfied or pleased with.
* Paul understood – in whatever state he found himself in (Phil. 4:11-12).
* We have life & are made in God’s image – we should rejoice & be content w/what we have (Gen. 1:27; Acts 17:28).
* Life is part of God’s creation (Psalm 8:3; 19:1-6). Ancient world must’ve been magnificent (II Peter 3:6). Imagine
how glorious Heaven will be!
* Be thankful & content: God cares (I Pet. 5:7) & hears our prayers (II Kings 20:5). Christian’s sins blotted out (Acts
3:19). Jesus a sin offering (II Cor. 5:21).
* Contentment prevents us from:
- Whining that we don’t have enough.
- Complaining that what we do have isn’t good enough.
- Coveting the other fellow’s possession(s) / overlooking what we have.
- Feeling ingratitude.
* Learn to be content “in whatsoever state I am.” (Phil. 4:11).
5. Serving God is a symptom of gratitude.
* I Tim. 1:12 – Paul grateful to be in service to Christ. Proof of gratitude is more service to God!
* Demonstrate gratitude by serving others & the Lord (Psalm 100:2-4).
* God is calling you to service. Are you listening?
R.W. McAlister 11/29/09 p.m.