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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Having an Attitude of Gratitude Leads to Greater Health

In review of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 it says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Bottom Line:
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

What this means to me:
No matter what, I am to always be joyful.  I am to pray at all times, giving thanks to God for whatever happens.  This is what God wants from me in my life in union with Christ Jesus.  As God continues to help me grow and get healthier, I’ll want to make a regular practice of telling Him “thank you” for what he is doing. These verses remind me to “rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).  One of the healthiest human emotion isn’t love but gratitude. Gratitude will actually increase my immunities. It will make me more resistant to stress and less susceptible to illness. Those who are grateful are happy because they are satisfied with what they have. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude will reduce stress in my life and lead to a greater spiritual and physical health.  I can’t just be thankful when life in general is going well. Gratitude must become a habit and continue even through difficult times of my life. I have already added to my quiet times putting together a list of everything I’m thankful for. This helps me notice more of what God is doing in and through me. For example, each day I’m thankful for salvation that I was given through Jesus Christ.  I’m thankful for my spouse, my daughter and those that God has surrounded me with.  And I’m thankful for my renewed health.

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