Pathway to Praise: Gratitude
A plaque on my desk contains three words:
God. Grace. Gratitude.
There’s a interesting connection between those words.
The “God of all grace” is one of the names given to God in scripture (1 Peter 5:10). God is the author of grace, freely giving it to us though we are undeserving. The greatest gift given to us is the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. The blessings in daily life like family, sustenance, or even the next breath we take are also gifts given to us out of grace. In Greek, the word for grace is charis. This is the root word for charity.
The response to receiving grace is gratitude. It is interesting to note that the Greek word for gratitude is also charis.
The difference is that one charis (grace) flows from the giver and the other charis (gratitude) is the response of the receiver. Grace flows from God to us; his blessings flow to us. We receive them with gratitude.
Another expression for ‘giving thanks’ before a meal is ‘saying grace.’ The counterpart to grace is thankfulness.
Grace, gratitude, and thankfulness are all related words.
No matter what season in life you are experiencing, whether it’s a time of great blessing when things are going right or a time of distress when life overwhelms you, I encourage you to look to the God of all grace with a heart of gratitude. Receive both the small and large blessings of life with thankfulness.
Remember these words of thanksgiving.
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69;30
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; Give thanks to him and praise his name, For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:4-5