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 . . .