“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” II Corinthians 2:14
Have you ever known someone who just knows how to express their sincere appreciation? I have, and they’re an absolute pleasure to be around! It’s like a spiritual fragrance that attracts you to them. On the other hand, I’ve been around those who are genuinely ungrateful, and it wasn’t a pleasurable experience. Instead of a sweet fragrance it was an irritating odor!
If you ever notice that your faith is weak, and you feel like you have more questions than answers and more defeat than victory, it might be an indication of ingratitude in your heart. An underlying unthankful attitude can be subtle and without realizing it, it can neutralize your faith because it blocks the very expression of faith, which is thanksgiving and praise to God.
A good way to overcome ingratitude is to start expressing appreciation to God. Expressing thanks means to do it verbally by speaking God’s Word out loud! That’s what King David did as young boy watching his father’s sheep. His Psalms are filled with praise and thanksgiving to God! As a result, he experienced some of the greatest triumphs of all time that are still spoken of today!
The Bible is also very clear about what we are to be thankful for. The above verse tells us to “Give
thanks to God who always (ALWAYS) leads us in triumph in Christ!” God is a triumphant God! He is a victorious God. He knows no defeat and He always has the final say! Jesus was triumphant in every situation He faced. The Apostle Paul was also triumphant. He said I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith!” How did he do it? He said, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!”
So, if your faith is weak, strengthen it by giving glory to God! Cultivate a lifestyle of thanksgiving by rejoicing in the Lord always. Rejoicing, giving thanks and offering praise to God is the fragrance God will honor. It’s the expression of the faith that already lives in every believer, and as we express that faith it produces for us in many ways. John said, it’s our faith that overcomes the world!