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The Truth Life: Are You Behaving with Grace and Gratitude Daily?


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Are You Behaving with Grace and Gratitude Daily?

Your Behavior is a Daily Choice You Make

by Veritas Vita 777


Grace and gratitude are two important characteristics that should describe the faithful Christian. Theologian J.I. Packer wrote. “Christian doctrine is grace, and Christian conduct is gratitude.” As a Christian, you’ve received the gift of salvation through the grace of God. In return, you should be showering that grace onto everyone you interact with daily. Having received that grace through salvation should fill you with gratitude each day.


And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the [a]course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:1-10, NKJV)

I haven’t always thought about my salvation that way, especially not when I was first saved. However, these days, gratitude for my salvation has been filling my heart. I am so thankful that I am saved. I’m grateful that I will be spending eternity in Heaven with the Lord.


“Christians have been saved by grace. The grace of God is the source of salvation; faith is the channel, not the cause. God alone saves. Salvation never originates in the efforts of people. It always arises out of the lovingkindness of God. Truly ‘salvation is of the Lord’ (Jonah 2:9). The past tense of the verb saved in this passage indicates that the believer’s salvation has already occurred in the past, at the Cross. We cannot do anything to earn our salvation. Some suggest that the gift of God modifies the word faith in this verse (v. 8). Thus, Paul is saying that even our belief in God does not originate in ourselves. This too is a gift, so no one can take pride in their position as a Christian. Everything is received from our merciful and gracious Father. [Source: TNSB]


“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

That’s a great statement from author, Melody Beattie. When you learn from your past, you can garner gratitude from the things that happened to you – even the hurtful things – as you know that God works all things out for your good (See: Romans 8:28). Being grateful for your salvation and knowledge that God has things in control can bring you peace that passes all understanding (See: Phil. 4:7). Cultivating gratefulness in your life can help you see that God has a plan for your life (See: Jer. 29:11-14).


Do you behave with grace and gratitude daily?

 

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