Therapy of Gratitude: A Thankful Heart Keeps Us Humble

Published on Sep 8, 2023
Category: Devotion

Philippians 2:3
Be humble thinking of others as better than yourselves.

Paul writes to the church at Philippi, imploring believers to cultivate humility, prioritizing others over self, which reflects the very attitude of Christ. He warns against pursuing personal interests and encourages believers to approach life with a lowliness of mind, considering others as more important than themselves.

A grateful heart is a humble heart. Recognising one’s own limitations, vulnerabilities leads to appreciation of the contribution of others to our well-being. Pride keeps us from recognizing our need for others, or recognizing that we cannot do everything on our own. The Bible says, God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble James 4:6).

Gratitude acknowledges one’s own need and lifts the one being thanked. When we say thank you to the person who serves us at the restaurant or the supermarket, we acknowledge them for what they do for us. To be able to appreciate and consider others better than yourself requires a humble spirit.

An attitude of gratitude, however, keeps us humble.  A simple thank-you can go a long way in our walk with the Lord and our relationships. Develop the habit of acknowledging those who serve us, in ways small or big. Make it a point to appreciate your spouse, parent, child, and those within your family that we often tend to take for granted.

So what is your GQ (Gratitude Quotient) today? Do we find it difficult to be grateful? Is it easier to appreciate others rather than those within our own family? What keeps us from being grateful? Is there pride that you need to confess?

Dear Lord, forgive my pride that keeps me from being grateful to You or those around me.
Give me, Lord, Your spirit of humility.


Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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