It has been said that gratitude takes three forms: a feeling in the heart, an expression in words and a giving in return. Gratitude matters to God and opens our eyes to all that God has done and is doing in our lives. The absence of gratitude leaves us vulnerable to bitterness, distrust, self-reliance, anxiety and discouragement. Gratitude is learned and starts with acknowledging what God has done for us.

Character Study:

Mary

Resources:

  • Luke 1:26-56
  • 1 Chronicles 29
  • Luke 17:15-19
  • Psalm 19, 135

Going Deeper:

  1. How do you express gratitude in your life? Who knows what you are grateful for?
  2. How can gratitude influence your passion to want others to know God?
  3. What resources or talents do you have that could be used to make a difference in the lives of others?