Gratitude, a Reflection of God’s Grace
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom all glory forever and ever. Amen Galatians 1:3-5
Thomas a’ Kempis wrote: Everything that is high in not holy. Everything sweet is not good. Every desire is not pure. Everything precious to us is not pleasing to God.
In my heart I realize that grace aims to make me more humble. Grace will make me more influenced by holy fear – reverential awe for my Lord and Savior. Grace will make me more ready to renounce my “self” so that I may live with a servant’s heart for my Savior.
We are taught by the grace of God, but we learn by the withdrawing of the gift of grace. Its withdrawal is God’s way of reminding us that we should not attribute any good to ourselves. Grace is his abundant but unmerited gift.
By God’s grace we learn to give to him what is his and assign to ourselves what is truly ours – which in reality is only our imperfectness and the consequences of our imperfections. God’s grace reveals that we should place ourselves in the lowest position and the highest will be revealed to us; the highest cannot be found without the foundation of the lowest. The greatest of the saints before God are the least in their own estimations and judgments, and the more saintly they are, the more humble they are within themselves.
In God’s grace we will come realize:
- Those who are full of truth and heaven’s glory have no desire for worthless, earthly glory.
- Those who are firmly settled and grounded in God cannot be proud.
- Those who attribute to God all the good they have received do not seek glory from others, but wish only for the glory of God alone; desire above all that God be praised within themselves and in all the saints.
Be thankful for every small gift so that we might be worthy to receive greater gifts. Let the least gift be to us as the greatest. The value of the gift lies within the giver!
Even in discipline we should thank God, because whatever he permits to happen to us, he does it for our welfare. Be thankful for God’s grace that is given, patient when it is taken away, prayerful for its return, and cautious and humble to never lose it.
My daily prayer: Heavenly Father, gracious Savior and Lord, I thank you for your love and grace, which comes in so many ways in my life. Even when I have stumbled you have been faithful to respond when I needed your forgiveness and help to get back up. You have always been there for me, and I realize it is not because of anything I have done, but your love and grace alone is what I have been able to rely upon. Lord, guide and direct my steps today, by even the simplest of your gifts of grace I will rejoice and offer praise to you. Protect my family and may you use me to serve them in love as you love them. Remove all fears and help me to walk confidently in faith, each and every day. Thank you my Lord and Savior. Amen.
For additional reading: Matthew 22:21; Luke 14:10; Hebrews 17:5-11