Friday, November 21, 2014

Giving thanks vs. Complaining

Wednesday night at church, one of our elders talked about bad attitudes and how contagious they are. A bad attitude IS truly contagious and seems to affect everyone around.  He  reminded us that it is hard to be truly thankful and complaining at the same time.  How true that is!  Have you ever been around someone that always saw the bad in everything?  How did you feel after being around that person?  On the other hand, have you ever been around someone that was full of joy and left you feeling a little more lighter too?

The bible tells us in Philippians 4:4-8(NIV): 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 everything, 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. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

In the world today, we can only truly rejoice by God's Spirit working in us.  Colossians 1:27 says it is Christ in us, the Hope of Glory.  Anyone can be grumpy and negative; in order to be filled with joy and peace takes being filled with God's Spirit.  As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I want to encourage us all to let God fill us up with His Spirit.  Let Him have control of your life fully and trust Him to work all things out. (Romans 8:28) Let's start this weekend with a thankful heart and a mind focused on God's will for our lives.  Psalms 118 says "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  His faithful love endures forever!