Gratefulness overview

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Gratefulness... thankfulness... gratitude... This set of lessons look at how the attitude and choice of gratefulness will impact your life and your witness... and show you just what God thinks of those who are, and who are not, grateful...

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Making known to God & others the ways they have benefited my life  :

Making known to God & others the ways they have benefited my life   …Freely you have received, freely give ... Matthew 10:8 Character Sketches, Vol. 3 IBLP, 1978, pages 128-177 Information also drawn from Character First! Business Character Bulletin 3 rd Edition No. 7, various Character Councils, & other websites Gratefulness An Overview

Defining “gratefulness”:

Defining “gratefulness” grateful 1552,  from  obsolete adj. grate "agreeable , thankful,“  from L.  gratus "pleasing"  from Thesaurus.com Synonym=gratitude; from a similar language foundation

Defining “ungratefulness/ingratitude”:

Defining “ungratefulness/ingratitude” ἀ χάριστος acharistos ach- ar '-is- tos From G1 (as a negative particle) and a presumed derivative of G5483; thankless, that is, ungrateful: - unthankful . Note God’s response… Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil .

Gratefulness was his motivation…:

Gratefulness was his motivation… From humble beginnings, he remembered those who helped him, & determined to do the same for others… Giving to the next generation

How grateful are you?:

How grateful are you? Do you… * look for ways to express thanks, even for the little things? * you give others credit directly & indirectly? *try to find out what makes others feel appreciated?

Benefits of showing gratefulness…:

Benefits of showing gratefulness… * Provides for constructive action *Brings encouragement to a situation *Builds relationships *Sets the stage for a positive future…

Balancing gratefulness…:

Balancing gratefulness… * Adopt a forgiving perspective … clear the record of those who’ve wronged you & let go of grudges… * Be sincere … be eager to do/say what is right; anything else is manipulation * Sharpen with justice… boldly defend others’ rights to fulfill their responsibilities; express thanks for those who demonstrate a commitment to doing what is right, esp. whe n the choice is hard

Upcoming areas of Gratefulness… Lesson 1:

Upcoming areas of Gratefulness… Lesson 1  Using gifts to help others honor the ways of God.   That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.  Psalm 26:7  

Lesson 2:

Lesson 2 Paying my debt of love out of the firstfruits of all my increase.    Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:  So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.  Proverbs 3:9-10

Lesson 3  :

Lesson 3   Multiplying the ministry of those who have given to me.   And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work     2 Corinthians 9:8

Lesson 4   :

Lesson 4   Accepting difficulties as part of God's loving provision.        And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth , and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth .     Hebrews 12:5-6    

Gratefulness:

Gratefulness Honoring others by expressing gratitude for their influence in your life…

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