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

The word gratitude comes from the same word as the word freedom. When something is gratis, it’s free. Gratitude is our free expression towards God who gives freely. We enjoy many of God’s blessings, yet so often we forget God.

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.