The world promotes and values things which are shallow, fickle and fleeting. Yet as believers, the deep, abiding joy that we have is found in knowing that even with our evil, wretched, selfish and sin-filled hearts, our Savior loves us so much that He sacrificed His very own life and paid a debt we could never, ever pay!!
The world is crying out for the love, peace and mercy that only our Savior can bring. As a believer, when you understand and internalize the deep abiding love that God has for you, you won’t be able to keep it to yourself! A thankful heart is a friendly heart. It overflows with the gratitude of all that God has done for us.
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8”
As a matter of fact, it doesn’t take much to move the heart of a thankful person because many recognize their own brokenness and stand before the Lord in humility, truly grateful for all He has done. Have you ever met someone where you just think about them and smile? There’s just something about them that’s warm, friendly and contagious? That “thing” that draws you near to them (which is so attractive) is Jesus!
In the same way that “deep calls to deep” so too will a thankful, reverent and humble heart recognize another. The open, friendly, honest and genuine qualities that we see in Christ are also evident in those who are gracious, loving, patient, compassionate and kind. The love, forgiveness and understanding of Christ is deeply rooted in them. This is why they are motivated to serve – to give and to help others.
Their motives are not for selfish gain but rather because they want to give of themselves and serve the Lord. Oftentimes these individuals have a very high level of faith because they’re watching God work in and through their life over and over again.
Those who have a heart bursting with thankfulness live their lives wanting to give themselves away. They desire to be used by God! They don’t look for methods to advance their own personal gain – they sincerely desire to serve the Lord. Lastly, a key hallmark you will see is that their countenance is permeated with joy. They are grateful for what the Lord has done and walk in obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Regardless of what’s going on in their life, their is a deep, abiding joy that is within them which is evident in the positive outflow. It is in their outflow of gratitude, mercy, goodness and kindness in which God is working through their life.
In His infinite provision, our Heavenly Father is gracious, kind and OH SO GOOD! May you know how deeply loved you are and have a blessed and joyous Thanksgiving.
Christy Demetriades, Ph.D.