1 Samuel 30-31; 1 Chronicles 10; Acts 20

“Don’t be selfish with what the Lord has given us.” 1 Samuel 30:23

A grateful heart speaks a language all its own… an interesting combination of mercy and graciousness, forgiveness and gentleness. A grateful heart is one that makes time to imagine life in someone else’s world because often times it can recall how it felt to do without. Because it remembers being in need, or that it easily could be there in the future, it extends its concern beyond its own troubles to others, looking for ways to ease burdens and soothe hurts. A heart of gratitude beats more powerfully for others, having been ‘tenderized’ through its own difficulties.

David understood the tenderness of a grateful heart because he had one beating inside him. As heir to Israel’s throne, David was the target of King Saul’s jealousy, a position not many would envy because it meant running for his life, hiding out, and doing without.

As difficult as David’s circumstances often were, they afforded him countless opportunities to experience God’s saving power, which grew his gratitude toward the Lord he served. That gratitude led him to treat others with the same care that God had shown him. He learned the language of gratefulness through hardship, which gave him the desire to act graciously toward his soldiers, who stayed back instead of helping retrieve their families and possessions.

Each day, we either show/grow gratitude or nurture selfishness. Circumstances do not determine which one… we do! Whether we realize it or not, every time we deal with others, we speak for or against our gratitude toward all God had/has done for us, including offering His only Son to save us from ourselves!

Despite the situation that threatens to drag us down, we can ultimately decide to be grateful or not. Translate that language of gratitude into caring for others and watch ourselves be surrounded in an environment of friends who speak as God does.

Heavenly Father… You’ve shown us another unexpected benefit that You offer through our hard times… You are a surprising God and I am grateful for You. Please help me speak the gracious language of gratitude to others… Amen!”

gstefanelli (Greg Stefanelli)

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  1. Janet Wilkinson

    How different the grateful heart feels toward others than the bitter heart views his brethren! The one extends mercy with understanding, the latter withholds goodness at best and seeks to punish or harm others at it’s worst behavior. I am often blown away by the intense grace that God displays toward us and teaches us through His examples of righteous men and women of the Bible. Great piece, Greg!

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