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Nov 04, 2018

Abundant Gratitude

Abundant Gratitude

Passage: Philippians 4:4-9

Speaker: Pastor Greg Olson

Series: Abundant Life

Category: Stewardship

Sermon Notes

Gratitude begins with our simple acknowledgment that all that we have and all we are come as gifts from God. As our creator and sustainer, God showers us with blessings. We experience the power of gratitude when we humbly go to God with thanksgiving and return a portion of those blessings to God.

Gratitude is good for you. Psychologists and mental health clinicians and researchers all say that expressing thanks creates more joy and happiness.

See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:15–18 (NRSV)

Gratitude fosters contentment. Gratitude turns our attention to what we have instead of what we don’t have. 

Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. 1 Timothy 6:6–10 (NRSV)

Gratitude is shared.

  • Sharing acts of kindness
  • Giving thanks with a card or email, or spoken word
  • Giving back with your talent, time and money
  • Giving encouragement, support, care and love

Here’s a model of grateful living, with Jesus at the Center:
All of life is lived in relationship with God.
All we have is received with gratitude from God.
All we are is released to God for the blessing of others.