Sermon Quotes: "Thankfulness: Breathing Heavenly Air"

“Paul mentions the subject of thanksgiving more often, line for line than any other author, pagan or Christian.” Dictionary of Paul and His Letters; A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship

“Thankfulness is a soil in which pride does not easily grow.” Michael Ramsey

“Though I cannot know what your afflictions are, yet I know what your mercies are, and I know they are so great that I am sure there can be no afflictions in this world as great as the mercies you have. If it were only this mercy, that you have this day of grace and salvation continued to you: it is a greater mercy than any affliction. That you have the day of grace and salvation, that you are not now in hell, this is a greater mercy…Therefore your mercies are more than your afflictions.” Jeremiah Burroughs

“When our enjoyment of something tends to make us not think of God, it is moving toward idolatry. But if the enjoyment gives rise to the feeling of gratefulness to God, we are being protected from idolatry. The grateful feeling that we don’t deserve this gift or this enjoyment, but have it freely from God’s grace, is evidence that idolatry is being checked. Enjoyment is becoming idolatrous when it does not see in God’s gift that God himself is to be desired more than the gift. If the gift is not awakening a sense that God, the Giver, is better than the gift, it is becoming an idol.” John Piper

 

“The more you commit yourself to counting your blessings, the more you will have eyes to see specific blessings in your life. The more you require yourself to rehearse the many gifts God has given you in the past, the more you will have eyes to recognize his gifts in the present. Take time to think through all the good things you have in the midst of hard things. Get a journal and every few days write down things for which you can be thankful, that you could never produce on your own. The more your heart is filled with gratitude, the less room there is for complaint. I have learned that no matter how hard a day is, there are beautiful things in that day that I should be thankful for, and there are reasons to celebrate the One who gives them to me.” Paul Tripp