The following is what the Lord gave to me this morning as I pondered why I should be feeling a little “dull” and “testy” ( which is a “flesh” thing/feeling.)…..
As I just began to ponder “the why” for such feelings – I picked up on something in my spirit – which was this….. “The secret to keeping things fresh and new – is a thankful heart.”
(And now having my attention, He began to add more to what I had just heard!) ……
…… And having a thankful heart is also the secret to walking in and letting patience have its perfect(ing) work in us – which the Word of God tells us is very important – ie. “Count it all joy when you fall into different kinds of temptations – knowing this- that the trying of your faith worketh patience….. So let patience have her perfect work – that you may be perfect (complete) and entire, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4).
In thinking about it, I can see how that having an overall thankful heart attitude makes it much easier to be patient – with things and with people …. And we know that patience is the secret to possessing your soul (which is your mind, will, and emotions) – Luke 21:19. Think about that one….. and the fact that a thankful heart makes it so much easier to be patient!
So …. I see that developing a thankful heart is indeed the foundation from which other strong desirable qualities in our life are built upon. I am not generally an ungrateful person, but I see today that there is still room for (and cause for ) improvement in having this irreplaceable heart attitude of thankfulness. It is a wonderful virtue and a true strength of character…..which God in His love for us admonishes us to make it our heart attitude ….
“Forbear and forgive one another where there has been a quarrel – put on love in action! Then let the peace of God rule in your heart… and be ye thankful.” Colossians 3:13-15 (paraphrased).
I hope this that I just shared with you will cause you – as it did me- to check out the attitude of your heart and see if there is room in you for more of this wonderful virtue of a thankful heart ….. It just might be the secret you need for the opening of some other doors for you!