Words or Deeds?

When I think of all God’s blessings, “Thank You” becomes such an inadequate expression. Simply knowing His arms wrap around me in love demands more than this humble phrase. As I read the Bible, I find more expressions of my Father’s tremendous love. How can I express my thanksgiving?

Pondering this, my heart reaches out to reflect to those around me as much as I can of Father’s attributes. I think of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 describing love: Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance (New Living Translation {NLT}).

Practicing the fruit of the Spirit in my life also expresses my gratitude to God. Galatians 5:22-23 lists these: But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (NLT)

Yes, I decide the only real way to show my gratitude for all God’s faithfulness and love to me is to reflect those qualities to others, describing in action my heavenly Father.


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