An Attitude of Gratitude
“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the
kingdom of His beloved Son” (Col. 1:13; NASB)
Life is full of ups and downs. One day it can seem like everything goes in your favor. The next day not so much. One challenge of life, should you accept it, is to keep a good attitude regardless of your circumstances. You don’t have to accept that challenge, but we all know a good attitude will help even in the worst situations. The question is, how do you do it?
I firmly believe gratitude is the key to a good attitude. And a good attitude is key to enjoying your new spiritual residence in Christ. We were headed for destruction before Jesus came into our lives. As time goes on, we forget how miserable we are before we come to Jesus. I’m not saying that life becomes effortless and without struggles after we surrender to the Lord. I’m also not saying that everything was miserable before our regeneration. Regardless of what we thought we knew about life before Christ, being transferred into His kingdom is something that changes everything. No one can understand this without experiencing it (see 1 Cor. 2:6-16).
It is only by coming to Christ that we can experience real love. Experiencing God’s love is something that cannot be compared to anything else on earth. Because we have faith in His Son, the Father loves us through every experience in our lives. Even when things seem to go the wrong way, there is something that God is giving us. Whether it’s discipline, a life lesson, a blessing, or a warning, it is because He loves us that things happen. At first this is hard to understand. But by spending time with Him in prayer and in His word, we come to see His love in all things. Once transferred into His kingdom, there is nothing that can separate us from His love.
It is His love that fills the emptiness we so desperately tried to fill on our own with worldly endeavors. The things of the world can never bring the joy and contentment we experience in His kingdom because they are void of His love. In Christ, we are guaranteed to have God’s love in every aspect of our lives. It is up to us to accept it. Paul said: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, not things to come, nor powers, not height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39).
We have been transferred from death to life, with a guarantee of God’s love throughout eternity. Everything else pales in comparison. Having an attitude of gratitude becomes much easier when we keep this in mind. Have a great week and God bless.