The Art of Gratefulness
We are looking at how we can use our tongues to be grateful, to live grateful lives and what a difference that can make.
Luke 17:11–19 (NLT) — 11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. 15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.
- It’s easy to forget about God during the _____________ _________________.
- God blesses the _____________ and the _______________ alike.
- It matters to Jesus whether or not I say _______________ ____________.
- Grateful words _____________ greater _______________.
- Grateful words lead to spiritual blessings.
Here are five practical and Biblical steps that you can apply to your life to develop an attitude of gratitude.
The first step is to praise God _________ ___________ in the morning.
Psalm 59:16 (NLT) — 16 But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.
- Remove all _______________from my life.
Philippians 2:14 (NLT) — 14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, so are you ready? Let’s go. “In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing.”
- To __________________ __________________ throughout my day.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT) — 17 Never stop praying.
- The fourth step to developing an attitude of gratitude is to say thank you to those who bless me.
Luke 17:15–16 (NLT) — 15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
- You are really going to like this one, enjoy today as if I were on vacation.
Ecclesiastes 3:22 (NLT) — 22 So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is our lot in life. And no one can bring us back to see what happens after we die.
Psalm 100 (NLT) — A psalm of thanksgiving. 1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. 3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.