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Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare” @ http://atimetoshare.me
Original post @ https://atimetoshare.me/2021/09/23/a-grateful-heart/
A GRATEFUL HEART
Posted on September 23, 2021 by atimetoshare.me
When we give something of ourselves to benefit others, God tells us to do it with a grateful heart. If there is any malice in the doing or giving, we aren’t doing it His way. His love is perfect and we are flawed, but we can still use His example in our daily walk. We can strive to be more and more like Him but we can never really love like He does. Our old sinful nature always gets in the way of the pure love we try to mirror, but which often turns sour.
There can be personality clashes, differences in how to do things, high expectations and low results, and so much more. These are merely tools the devil uses to turn us away from that pure love of God to the tainted and perverted love he offers. Satan has a way of making us feel bruised, used and abused. How come God allows the devil so much power over us? Once we are God’s children, aren’t we supposed to be free of those temptations?
Unfortunately the devil finds great delight in working on those who love the Lord. He wants all of us to share in his misery. We have the protection of God, however and can depend on His grace. His mercy endures forever. Even in our darkest moments, God is with us and is our strength and refuge through all the perils we face each day.
James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Dear, Holy, God help me keep things in perspective as I start this day. You have control over everything in my life and without you in it, I am nothing. Help me to be reminded of your love for me. Help me in turn to love others with a small measure of that love. My gratitude is nothing in comparison to your mercy and forgiveness, but I can’t help but thank you for showing it to me each day. Amen!
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To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
You say you are a “born again” believer… BUT is your soul “ON FIRE” for the Lord ?? If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/
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“Even in our darkest moments, God is with us and is our strength and refuge through all the perils we face each day.”
And when we practice this and walk in it, we can truly experience the peace AND joy of the surety God provides. Amen! 👍💗✝📖🕊😇