We hear the term “God’s economy” in church as it relates to realizing that our income and resources come from God. I get that and agree that is true. ALL that we have comes from God and it all belongs to God. I will say it’s a bit hard for the hard workers who look at the end of the month and come up short sometimes.

We tend to think that God only blesses those He loves. So how do we shift our perspective from pauper to princess?

Gratitude.

When I acknowledge that it’s all God’s, and that all gifts come from Him, then I become more grateful for everything that God has richly given to me. When I see Him blessing others and not me, I’m also joyful for them.

The God I know won’t run out of glorious riches. Ever.

One big life-changing gift that God blesses us with is one we tend to take for granted is the gift of salvation and forgiveness. Recently, I found myself in a season of unforgiveness. I had forgiven someone from my past over and over, but had that nagging reminder to not be hurt like that again. I couldn’t shake the reminder. And then it hit me. In God’s economy of forgiveness comes the forgetfulness too. I was hanging on to the memory of the hurt, to guard my heart against being hurt again. God gently reminded me that He forgets as soon as He forgives and that I must do the same.

From my tear stained heart and after many, many words of gratitude I realized I had to forgive God’s way, with the additional measure of asking God to help me forget the issue too. God’s answer was the peace in knowing that I wouldn’t be hurt like that again.

What a gift forgetfulness can be. But not when we are hanging on to hurts of the past. We must let God completely forgive us and we must completely forgive as well. I walked away with a smile on my face and more healed than I had ever felt before.

Be grateful for forgiveness, for the complete work of salvation, and the opportunities we can experience this on a daily basis. By forgetting our hurts from others we are giving release to them in ways we will never know but you will grow so much closer to God in doing so that the hurts can’t touch you.

Being grateful is a gift of love… that just keeps on giving. I don’t know where you are in your attitude of gratitude but when I think about how God has given me eternal salvation, something none of us deserve but is our most important need, then it makes sense to trust Him for everything else that I need to live in this daily enriched life of a believer and follower.

Just think….that God took care of my forever need, first and foremost…with His eternal love attached.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

When we acknowledge the gift of Christ from the view of the cross, everything else falls into place regarding who owns what, who should have what. Because God loves us so and gives us more than we need, deserve, and could imagine, why wouldn’t we want to give him our ALL our life in response to His greatest and most rich gift?

What a gift of great wealth and value, such a rich response of God’s heart.

What are you grateful for today because of what you know about God’s great gift?

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