"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." I Thessalonians 5:18
One way we can keep our focus on Christ, rather than on ourselves, is by thanking him for his many blessings. Thank God for his provision. It has been said that to be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have. God has given each of us exactly what we need to accomplish his will for our lives. He has provided for us according to our needs and has given us far more than we deserve! When we realize how much God has blessed us and given us, we will soon forget our own hurt.
Thank God for his omniscience. Romans 12:19 says, 'Dearly beloved avenge not yourselves, but rather leave room for God's wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay." saith the Lord.' God promises that he is in control of everything that goes on. He knows when others wrong us and he wants us to let go of that hurt and let him have control. It's a good thing that we do not have to keep track of everything that goes on in the world! When we realize that God is over all and that he knows what goes on we can know that he will take care of everything and work everything out according to his plan.
Thank God for his salvation. No matter what happens to us in this life, we can give thanks that we will one day live with Christ in Heaven for eternity! There will be no more hurt or heartache, and we will all worship God forever. What a great promise! What blessings have you thanked God for today? When we take our eyes off ourselves and focus on the goodness of God, we will not develop bitter spirits toward those around us. Thank God today for all he has done for you.
Randy Morris, Minister