Ten Things We Can Always Be Thankful For

It turns out that you and I have a lot to be thankful for.

Because if you’re someone who knows Christ, the following things are true of and for you, regardless of the circumstances in which you find yourself. They’re all worth thanking God for this week…and, for that matter, any other time:

1. You have a restored relationship with God. The most important relationship you will ever have was broken…and it was your fault. On his own initiative, without you coming to your senses, God moved to restore it, by his grace and because of his love. You’re now and always a member of God’s own family. (Eph. 2:1-10; Gal. 2:26)

2. You’ve been freed from the punishment you deserve. Your sin against God is serious enough to deserve eternal death. But God gave you his own Son to stand in for your punishment. He has paid your debt in full, once for all. (Rom. 3:21-26, 6:23; Heb. 10:11-14)

3. God has promised to complete the work he has already started in you. God never leaves a job unfinished. He has started his work of grace in your life, and he will bring it to its glorious conclusion. (Phil. 1:6)

4. He remains faithful, even when you are faithless. We’re in serious trouble if our relationship with God ultimately depends upon our ability to remain faithful to him. But it doesn’t. It depends on his faithfulness to us. And he never goes back on a promise. He never fails to carry out his good intentions. His love is rock-solid consistent. (2 Tim. 2:11-13)

5. He is actively working for your good in every situation. Not just the good ones, but also the bad. (Rom. 8:28)

6. God the Father’s love for you is like his love for Jesus. It’s frankly hard to believe, but that’s what Jesus himself says in John 17:23.

7. In your confusion and struggles, you are never alone, and never without help. Not only does Jesus promise never to leave or forsake you, but he actively intercedes for you with God the Father. In this he is joined by none other than the Holy Spirit, “who intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Heb. 4:14-16; 13:5-6; Rom. 8:26-27)

8. Even when God disciplines you, he is motivated by his fatherly love. If God were cruel, he wouldn’t care what you did, even when you choose a path of self-destruction. But he does care, so much that he’s willing to discipline you…as a Father who deeply loves his children. (Heb. 12:7-11)

9. In line with all the things already mentioned, God has promised you everything you truly need. How do we know this? He’s already given us his most costly and necessary gift: his Son. Why then would he withhold anything else that is necessary to accomplish our good? (Rom. 8:32)

10. He has guaranteed you an indescribable inheritance. God has only given us glimpses of what he has in store for his people, but we know this: it includes an eternal, joyful, and fully satisfying life with him, and anything we go through before we reach that inheritance will be more than worth it. (1 Pet. 1:3-5; Rev. 21:1-5; 2 Cor. 4:17)

One Comment

  1. Deb Love said:

    Thanks, Nathan. Those are powerful reminders that puts all else in proper perspective!

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