7. Offer Thankfulness
“Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise” (Psalm 51:15-17).
Our praise should reach the ears of God when we repent, for there would be no forgiveness, no strength to turn from sin if it was not provided by Him. We may dig our pits and latch our chains, but He is the one who lifts us up and sets us free. Our hearts can be poisoned from sin, but heal as we praise the one who lifted the curse of it.
Brennan Manning wrote in Ruthless Trust that, “The foremost quality of a trusting disciple is gratefulness. Gratitude arises from the lived perception, evaluation, and acceptance of all of life is grace—as an undeserved and unearned gift from the father's hand. Such recognition is itself the work of grace, and acceptance of the gift is implicitly an acknowledgment of the Giver.”
May our hearts be ever thankful to Jesus who paid the price we could not pay, and from this time on may we live out his words seen in Matthew 4:17, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Chara Donahue is a co-author of the Bible study 1, 2 & 3 John: Experiencing Transformation and is working on her next book. She enjoys serving as a biblical counselor, speaking to women, and savoring coffee when her four kids are out playing with dad. She holds an MSEd from Corban University, is passionate about seeing people set free through God's truths, and is the founder and editor of Anchored Voices. Get in touch with her on Facebook or Twitter.
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