ROOTED - Monday, June 6, 2022


Gratitude Brings Freedom

 

 

In yesterday’s sermon, Cord explained how gratitude brings freedom, through Christ. Today’s text provides a physical example of such gratitude and the actual freedom which God provided.

 

Acts 16:25-34  ESV

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened. When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.  Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

 

Reflection

Twice in this passage, we see gratitude and freedom – Paul and Silas’ praise to God despite being tortured and in chains, get their freedom through an act of God. Secondly, we see the jailer rejoicing in his salvation – and this very salvation bringing freedom from the curse of sin – eternal death.

Gratitude frees us from being enslaved by grief, anger, resentment, jealousy, and many other negative behaviors and emotions. How do you express gratitude to God for the salvation He provides you? What about the everyday blessings of life, friends, family, food, and health? Take time today to express gratitude to our God for all His many blessings and experience the freedom it produces.

 

Prayer

Father, we have so much to be thankful for. We confess we are more likely to take your blessings for granted than we are to recognize the blessings as from You and to intentionally express gratitude in praise and thanks.

Help us to see the connection between gratitude and freedom from negative thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. May we live our lives always in a spirit of gratitude, regardless of the weather, a rude friend, a bad meal, a lack of sleep, or any other inconvenience.  Amen.