Dear Precious Friends,
On this beautiful new day, THIS TGIFFF ( Thank God I'm Forgiven Friday) I pray you are waking up grateful for all God's goodness.
When I think of God's goodness to me and my life I am overwhelmed with incredible joy.
So what should our response be to the revelation of God's goodness? It should be, as we read in Hebrews, "the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name."
The Psalmist exults, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits…" It is healthy for us to recount the benefits and blessings with which the Lord has graced our lives. "Counting our many blessings, naming them one by one…" is one of the most powerful things we can do.
The more desperate the need, the greater should be the thankfulness when the need is met. We have many needs, but the most desperate of all his needs is the need for righteousness. God is holy, and no unrighteous men or women will ever enter His dwelling place. In our sins and selfishness, we have offended our holy Creator. Without forgiveness and reconciliation we would all be doomed to eternal punishment. And so God, always the great Provider for His creation, has provided us a Savior, His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Our Lord came to earth, lived a spotless, life, died on the cross for our sins, and rose again on the third day. Through our faith in Jesus ... our greatest need is eternally provided and we are given the gift of all gifts, the gift of righteousness. And for this we shall be forever grateful. "Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men" (Psalm 107:15).
How much we to forget to be thankful to God for the blessings He gives us. We often take them for granted. “Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wonderful works to humankind” on four occasions (Psalm 107: 8, 15, 21, and 31).
I pray our hearts are filled with gratitude for all God has done for us. I pray we can live our lives in such a way others can see the love we have received and want what we have, the greatest gift ever given.
Let's go out on this Thank God I'm Forgiven Friday and live in such a way, others can't help but ask us to share the reason for hope.