This kind of thanksgiving and gracious gratitude is really another way of looking at love.
God has called us to fully Love one another.
This love we are called to is the greek word, “agape”. Agape is the Love that God demonstrated toward us. He was committed to us, in our unworthy state, to the death of His son. This was an example of
Love must be:
Committed to the death.
It must have the best in mind for the other person.
I John 3: 15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
We have to be so careful in our pursuit of living and success that don’t forget others. God is not raising people up, restoring people, educating people without us. He is poised to bring benefit to people through us. We are His instruments of love, honor, dignity and restoration.
We can see where our priorities are with money by looking at our check register and our Visa statement. Likewise we need to look at our Love register making sure we are budgeting our time to include loving others; lifting, encouraging, blessing, thanking and affirming.