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Attitude of Gratitude

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NKJV)

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving, but as Christians every day we should express gratitude for the past and optimism for the future. A 2009 study suggested that optimists live longer than pessimists do. The study of almost 100,000 women found that optimists or people who expected that good things would happen were 30 percent less likely to die of heart disease while the study was taking place than pessimists. In addition, trusting women were 23 percent less likely to die of cancer than the “cynically hostile.”

‌There can sometimes be people, places or things that seem to put our backs against the wall, but we are still required to give thanks, because gratitude gives birth to faith. God calls us to trust and believe in Him. His love is strong for us and all that happens is a part of His plan. The bad may happen, but God is still working for our good. Happy Thanksgiving!

In Christ Alone,

Dr. Marcus D. Floyd, D.Min. 

Further READING

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1, NKJV)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” (Philippians 4:6, NKJV)

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This week’s message is titled; “Always Thankful.” “Rejoice, pray, and give thanks” sound like ordinary admonitions; but when you add the adverbs, you have a challenge: “Rejoice evermore; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks.” The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps in constant communion with Him will see many reasons for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long. It originally aired on the Christian Television Network on Sunday, November 19, 2023.

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