“… as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16

In his book, Recapture the Wonder, by Ravi Zacharias, he says, “The first necessary component of wonder is profound gratitude … But the word gratitude may need a little explanation. It comes from the same word as the word freedom. When something is gratis, we consider it free. Gratitude is the freeing expression of a free heart towards one who freely gave … We have enjoyed so much of God’s blessing, yet people have forgotten God and gradually He has been blotted out from our collective memory.”

We cannot legislate for people to be grateful. We may insist on the giving of thanks, for example, “say thank you to grandma for the present.” But we can’t force people to be grateful. It’s a heart attitude and must be given freely.

Gratitude acknowledges that we are in someone’s debt. We feel obligated to someone because of something they have freely done for us. It can make us feel reliant on someone else’s efforts. Perhaps this explains why we don’t always feel a sense of gratitude. We may not want to acknowledge our indebtedness, our inadequacies or our need.

As Christians, it’s good to take time on a regular basis to acknowledge our indebtedness to God. To remind ourselves of all God freely chose to do for us. To remember that before we even call to him, he was reaching out to us.

We needed a Saviour, God provided. We remember Jesus’ life, death and resurrection with deep gratitude.