I Am Grateful

Written on 09/02/2021
Christian Dunn

Verse: Luke 7:41-47

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Gratitude. It changes how we look at almost everything. This guy Simon forgot that he was a sinner in need of a Savior. The woman did not. And she overflowed with gratitude.

It is so easy for me (and you?) to just forget how much Jesus has done for me. It's easy to take it for granted and move along through life like I'm somehow different. It is easy to forget, in short, to live a grateful life.

As Christians, we should  (more than anyone!) be connected to the fact that we have fallen short of the glory of God and need a sinner. We should therefore be those that Jesus says "love much." 

So today, let's check back in with gratitude. Let's reorient our lives around being grateful for what Jesus has done for us. Each day, in fact, this would be a good practice. We can pray something like this:

"Jesus, I am so grateful for all you have done for me. Thank you for saving me from my sins and delivering me from my brokeness. Today I want to live in gratitude and love for all you do, and for who you are."