The Bible gives the answer, “Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God” (Psalm 50:23). Heartfelt thanksgiving is a fundamental element in true religion. It is surprising how little importance we sometimes attach to the significance of the spirit and expression of gratitude in the life of the Christian.
The children of God are called to be representatives of Christ, and they glorify Him by telling of His goodness and mercy to the world. As Jesus has spoken of the Father’s love, so we are to tell the world of His eternal love (John 17: 18).
If we do represent Christ, we shall make His fellowship appear attractive, as it really is. Christians who are sad and murmur and complain, are giving to others a false representation of God and the Christian life. They give the impression that God is not pleased to have His children happy, and in this they bear false witness against their loving heavenly Father.
Christians should speak of the blessed assurances of Gods love: How the Son of God left His Father’s throne, clothed His divinity with humanity, to rescue man from the power of Satan. And how through His triumph the fallen race got uplifted from the pit of ruin, got clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and exalted to His throne.
When believers doubt God’s love and distrust His promises, they dishonor Him and grieve His Holy Spirit. How would a parent feel if his children are not appreciate of all the love and sacrifices he offers them?
The apostle writes to the believers saying, “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). And yet many Christians rob God of His glory when they don’t thank and praise Him.
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