By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
A. We live in a world where many people take too much for granted.
1. There was a time when people were more grateful for the service and
a. That was a time when God was more evident in our nation's lifestyle.
B. We must learn to have a spirit of gratitude in every phase of life.
1. This is an instructed virtue.
In this lesson today, let's note some things about gratitude so that we
I. SOME GREEK WORDS TO CONSIDER.
CHARIS - "on the part of the receiver, a sense of the favor bestowed, a
1. A feeling of gratitude.
a. Romans 6:17.
2. Sometimes signifies to be thankful.
a. Luke 17:9.
3. Also translated "grace."
B. EUCHARISTIA - "to give freely; denotes gratitude; giving of thanks..."
1. Acts 24:3.
2. I Corinthians 14:16.
3. Ephesians 5:4.
EXOMOLOGEO - "signifies to make acknowledgment, whether of sins (to
1. In honor of a person.
b. Romans 15:9.
2. In the Lord's address to the Father.
a. Matthew 11:25.
ANTHOMOLOGEOMAI - "to acknowledge fully, to celebrate fully in praise
1. Used of Anna - Luke 2:38.
II. SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT GRATITUDE.
"One of the most admirable traits a person can have is that of a well
It is disheartening to see someone accept a kindness without showing a
A sense of gratitude will enable others to more graciously assist you or
III. SOME VERSES THAT REFLECT GRATITUDE.
Deut. 28:47-48 - "(47) Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully
I Chron. 23:30 - "They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise
Psalm 79:13 - "Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise
Psalm 100:4 - "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
E. Psalm 119:62 - "At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws."
F. Psalm 150:6 - "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord."
Malachi 2:2 - "If you do not listen, and if you do not set your heart to
Luke 17:18 - "Was no one found to return and give praise to God except
I. Romans 1:21 - "For although they knew God, they neither glorified him
Ephesians 5:20 - "always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
I Timothy 4:4 - "For everything God created is good, and nothing is to
Hebrews 13:15 - "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to
IV. SOME PRACTICAL WAYS TO DEVELOP A SPIRIT OF GRATITUDE.
1. "Thoughtfulness is one of the primary factors in developing a sense
a. Take note of any kindness done.
b. Recognize the spirit of consideration which prompted the action.
2. Thoughtfulness is developed by thinking of others before you think of
D. Make a concerted effort to let someone know how you feel.
Never, never display an air of phoniness or insincerity.
Apply these principles to God, family, friends, authorities, etc.
A. Do you have a grateful spirit?
B. Can you see some room for improvement in your gratitude?
C. Are you willing to do anything about it?