Rebellion against God (described vividly in Romans 1:21-28) grows in the soil of an ungrateful heart.
“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him” (Romans 1:21).
“….rebellion against God does not begin with the clenched fist of atheism but with the self-satisfied heart of the one for whom ‘thank you’ is redundant” (Os Guinness).
Those who walk in God’s will are distinguished by a gracious disposition — not a grouchy one. Spirit-filled people are extravagantly grateful.
“… be filled with the Spirit, … always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:18,20).
How can we expect people to believe our message of hope when our lives do not reflect it?
How can grouchy people share a gospel of grace?
- If you’re a critical, crabby, grouchy and grumpy person, please don’t tell people you’re a follower of Jesus.
- Go back to the one who can restore the joy of salvation and learn to be amazed each day that God “does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:10).
- Remind yourself each day that, “God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (II Corinthians 5:21, NLT).