Gratitude and Pride Don’t Sleep in the Same Bed

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

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But why is it often hard to say “give thanks in all circumstances?” What gets in the way of gratitude? PRIDE!

Gratitude and pride do not sleep in the same bed. The proud man is a thankless person. When on the receiving end of success, good fortune or an act of kindness, the proud man boasts, “I deserve this.” When failure, misfortune or an act of unkindness is his lot, the proud man grumbles, “I deserve better.” No matter what is going on, whether things are going well or not, gratitude is ever absent in a proud man’s vocabulary. Gratitude is a foreign language to a proud man.

But oh, how sweet when the proud man learns humility! Gratitude for and in everything naturally follows. Humility and ingratitude do not sleep in the same bed. The humble man is a thankful man. When on the receiving end of success, good fortune or an act of kindness, the humble man says, “I don’t deserve this.” When failure, misfortune or an act of unkindness is his lot, the humble man says, “I deserve worse.” No matter what is going on, whether things are going well or not, gratitude is ever present in a humble man’s vocabulary. Gratitude is the mother-tongue of a humble man.

Which of the two are you?

 

 

One thought on “Gratitude and Pride Don’t Sleep in the Same Bed

  1. thanks Rev.

    On Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 3:05 PM, Grace for Each Moment wrote:

    > Grace for Each Moment posted: “1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in > all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” > But why is it often hard to say “give thanks in all circumstances?” What > gets in the way of gratitude? PRIDE! Gratitude and pri” >

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