TOMORROW is Thanksgiving, a holiday of special import for Believers. We should be the most grateful people on the planet. An ungrateful Christian is a contradiction in terms. The grounds of our gratitude are twofold.
First, we will never get what we deserve. Jesus took it in our place. Motivated by extravagant love he solved our greatest problem, alienation from God.
Second, we are grateful because God is both sovereign and good. Whether pleasant or painful he is in absolute control of every event that overtakes us. In other words, God works all thing together for the good of those who love him (Rom. 8:28). Therefore, we can count it all joy when we experience trials of various times (James 1:2). For these reasons Paul commands us, whether rain or shine, to overflow with thanksgiving (Col 2:7) giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col 3:17).
In addition, you should do this for selfish reasons. In a recent Christianity Today article Molie Hemingway lets us in on the benefits. “Studies show that grateful people are happier and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships. They are more forgiving and supportive than those who are ungrateful. They are less depressed, stressed, envious, and anxious. In fact, high levels of gratitude explain more about psychological well-being than 30 of the most commonly studied personality traits, according to two recent studies published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.”