My dear brothers and sisters, I have a question for you. How frustrating is it when you treat someone well, but she or he does not even act thankful? Did you immediately think of someone or a particular situation when you read that question? In addition to frustration, did you experience other feelings such as anger, inequity, or sadness? My dear friends, let me redirect your thoughts. Rather than think about those who have wronged you, first think about this scripture:
“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21, NIV)
Do you know and care about the way God feels when we are not thankful that He paid such a high price for us?
I do not know how you responded to this question, but as for me, I am in tears. We are not righteous people. People wrong us and we frequently wrong others; however, this never applies to God. “This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 18:30, ESV)
Praise the Lord . . . “if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13, NIV)
If we are not righteous, and we are not faithful like God Almighty who forgives our wrongdoings and remembers our sin no more (Hebrews 8:12), then what do we need to do then?
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32, ESV)
Do not delay living out the Word of God any longer; daily strive to be like Christ starting now! Forgive others. Be thankful for what God has done, what He is doing, and what He will do in your life. See your life through the perspective of God and stop living according to your flesh. Instead, live in accordance with the Spirit. (Romans 8:5) The fruit of the Spirit is His love, His joy, and His peace. (Galatians 5:22) When we live according to this, we will reflect His image and His heavenly character. This is our eternal goal: to be called heavenward just as Christ Jesus.
Abba, may the hurting hearts be comforted, may the truth be revealed, and may each wound be healed. May Your people not be hindered as they follow Jesus, the Lord, and may they do what He did for the glory of the Father. Thank you, Abba. In Jesus name I pray, amen!