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Nov 23, 2014

2 Corinthians 4:15; 2 Corinthians 8:9


“For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.”  2 Corinthians 4:15


Grace and gratitude are inextricably connected


Grace and Gratitude . . .


·         There is no expression of gratitude without experiencing grace

o   Grace:  unmerited; undeserving favor

“ . . . so that as grace extends . . .” (v. 15)


o   As I experience His grace, I respond with true gratitude. 

“ . . . it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.” (v. 15)


Responding to Grace . . .


·         Grace-giving toward others is the outward expression of gratitude to an all-gracious God.  (2 Corinthians 8:1-7)


o   God has lavished His love and grace on me not to keep to myself, but to lavish on others.

§  As I do, I point to them to the love and grace of Christ.


The Gratitude Effect . . .


When I live a life of gratitude, it makes much of the grace and glory of God in a culture in need



Making It Practical . . .