"Living Thankfully"

This Sunday School class is for women.

In the Scriptures we read, "And give thanks for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 5:20) and "Be thankful in all circumstances for this is God's will fo ryou who belong to Christ Jesus."  (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

We've all been taught to say, "thank you" as an appropriate and polite response when we are the beneficiary of a gift or kind gesture, but that may not always reflect what is in our heart, so what does it mean to be thankful? To be a grateful person?

And what about times of tiral and suffering? Most of us are thankful for God's grace, material blessings and the comfortable times we enjoy. But do we thank Him for the problem and find Him in it?

If we do not have an attitude of gratitude, we are ungrateful. Are there consequences to thanklessness? What is the impact of thanklessness on our life? How can we confront ingratitude and cultivate a grateful heart?

2 Corinthians 4:15 says, "All of this is for your benefit. And as God's grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving and God will receive more and more glory."

What is the relationship between guilt, grace and gratitude? Is gratitude for our sake or for God's? Is the gratitude that flows out of your life as aboundig as the grace that has flowed into your life?

We want to learn to look for evidence of God's hand at work in all things and simply be "overwhelmed with thankfulness to Him." We want to learn to live with a thankful spirit, one "programmed" to be thankful to God in everything and for everything. Gratitude is transformational, and living with a truly grateful spirit will radically impact our response to everything in life. More than all this, gratitude glorifies the giver. Gratitude, first and foremost, is the only fitting response to a good and gracious God who has delivered us.

"He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors God."  Psalm 50:23

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16233 State Highway 86, Saegertown, PA 16433
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