Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

23 October 2009

Bursting with Thanksgiving


 

To be bursting with thanksgiving is a true witness of the Spirit within us. For the voice of thanksgiving speaks without ceasing of the goodness of God. It claims nothing. It sees no merit in man’s receiving but only in God’s giving. It marvels at his mercy. It is the language of joy because it need look no longer to its own resources.

The Christian rejoicing in this blessing of a thankful heart will have his eyes fixed upon the right person and the right place, Christ at God’s right hand. He cannot be taken up with himself without being immediately reminded that everything he possesses is the gift of God.

From R.C. Lucas, The Message of Colossians and Philemon (Downers Grove, Ill: IVP, 1980), 93-94

2 comments:

Mrs. Edwards said...

"Everything he possesses is the gift of God." So true. I'm feeling very, very thankful right now and this post seemed to reflect my own heart as well. Thanks for posting it.

Meredith said...

Thanks Amy. It was a spontaneous post but I was really taken with that quote. For me it was the very first line - and I actually felt condemned and rebuked by it because at the time I felt far from bursting with thanksgiving. So it was good to read over it several times and pray to be restored with a right heart again.

Today's "Of First Importance" contribution is equally wonderful. It is found here...

http://firstimportance.org/2009/10/24/the-inward-outward-movement-of-grace/

Not sure how to make that a link here in the comments section but it is worth copying and pasting into your search engine to have a read.

Hope you are feeling better and stronger as the weeks pass by.