Tuesday, January 27, 2009


"An ungrateful person sees the glass as 1/2 empty and wonders who is holding out on him. The grateful see the glass as 1/2 full knowing that someone has shared with them more than they deserved." again from Uprising. This book will rock your world, I know it has mine and I've read it before.

Referencing Matt. 18: 22-35, he says to live in grace is to live in an unending stream of forgiveness that grace both receives and gives forgiveness without measure. For us to receive the grace of God and yet refuse to forgive others is an act of wickedness. To live in unforgiveness is to hold on to a past hurt and let it define who we are. Unforgiveness distorts our memories, impairs our judgement, and destroys our relationships because unforgiveness leads to bitterness. Unforgiveness is ungratefulness.

To live in grace is to live in an unending stream of forgiveness, to be genuinely grateful for the forgiveness given to you. We will then in turn extend grace and forgiveness to others.

Our memories will define who you are and who you will become. Until you can see the work of God in the worst thing that has happened to you, you have not yet begun to see your life with the eyes of God. Gratitude will change your outlook and perspective, find the good that God has brought out of the hurt, betrayal, or disappointment. When we can return and give thanks we have truly been made whole.

Perspective is formed in the context of gratitude, when we choose to keep our eyes on God and not on our circumstances. "We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, to whose who are called according to His purpose......to be conformed to the image of His Son." Romans 8:28


Brenda said...

That's so neat that you posted on this. I have just been listening to 2 sermons on forgiveness and grace. Confirmation!

Daniel Brenton said...

This post was highlighted in the January 28 edition of Gratitude Watch.

Thank you for promoting the value of gratitude.

Betty said...

Very uplifting post. I try to see God in every aspect of my life, both good and bad.

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