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Thankfulness Resists Sin

November 5, 2012

Happy November!

I cannot believe how time flies! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to share with you on “Witty Words,” because it seems like life just gets busier the more I try to focus on slowing it down.

But I can’t let us get too far into the Thanksgiving season without sharing about being thankful. Since September, I have been in an amazing Bible study that is going through the book of Genesis. A few weeks ago, in the “Cain and Abel” lesson, a particular principle really struck me. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it and applying it in my life, so I also wanted to share it with you:

Sin begins in not glorifying God as God and in not being thankful.

Did you get that? Not being thankful can cultivate sin in our lives!

Wow. Wow! WOW!

Since reading this one sentence, I’ve tried to be aware of my attitude and to always have a thankful heart. After all, we are so blessed—we have all we need and could ever want. However, living in an entitled society can make me dissatisfied with what I have and yearn for more, more, more.

Think of the times you have sinned. Did you gossip? Were you prideful? Did you covet someone else’s belongings? Whatever it may have been, backtrack to the cause or reason of the sin. Was an ungrateful heart involved?

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

If you are thankful for …

  • Your spouse, then you’ll treasure your marriage, and your eyes and heart won’t stray to another.
  • Your children, then you’ll treasure the blessings God has bestowed upon you, and you’ll be patient and loving as a parent.
  • Your house, then you’ll realize you are fortunate for adequate shelter and make your house a loving home for your family.
  • Your possessions, then you’ll know that less is more and you already have more than you need.
  • Your clothes, then the latest trendy fashions won’t matter quite as much.
  • Your friends, then you’ll strive to be a blessing to those God has surrounded you with.

A thankful heart realizes the blessings God has given us and displays that only because of Him do we have all we could ever need or want.

A thankful heart knows that only God is God.

A thankful heart cultivates gratefulness, humbleness, and generosity and resists sin.

What are you thankful for?

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2012 8:49 am

    Hi Christy
    you wrote: Was an ungrateful heart involved?
    It seems every time strife and division enters our hear – its a matter of an ungrateful heart
    Thanks for the reminder
    Isn’t it wonderful that God places on verse on our minds and hearts and He changes our thinking!
    So grateful!
    God Bless

  2. November 10, 2012 8:41 am

    I’ve never paid attention either to the beginnings of sin = not being grateful. Something to think about, especially during this season of thankfulness. Thanks, Christi.

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