It’s easy to see why unfaithfulness is wrong. Disloyalty, cheating, impurity, quitting on relationships–most of us will agree that these forms of unfaithfulness aren’t good. But the real question is: how do we overcome our battle with unfaithfulness? Each of us has our own fight to undergo, but God gives us the solution: gratitude.
I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord. Every good thing I have comes from you.” As for the godly people in the world, they are the wonderful ones I enjoy.
Unfaithfulness is hard to beat when all we do is try to be more faithful! What we learn from this prayer in the book of Psalms is that gratitude is a much better approach.
When God listens your prayers, how grateful would he say you are?
Stop and reflect: what are good things in your life that you can choose to be grateful for? As you answer, remember that God is the one we are meant to thank and appreciate.
The Lord searches all the earth for people who have given themselves completely to him. He wants to make them strong.
2 Chronicles 16:9
God is searching for those of us who are faithful. Most people don’t naturally want to be faithful, because there are no immediate rewards for that! Yet, God values faithfulness tremendously. If we cannot be faithful to God, we are incapable of being faithful to the people around us.
What are decisions you have made to be faithful to God and your relationships? What are decisions you have made to be unfaithful?
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
Faithfulness is a choice. Moses had the faith to say no to pleasure and sin, because he was rooted in his belief that it was always better to stick with God. He was grateful for God’s love for him through his life, and he was excited about what God had in store for him in the future.
What are things you need to say no to in order to be faithful to God? What has God done in your life that you are grateful for?
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt. But when I called the people of Israel, they went away from me. They offered sacrifices to the Baals and burned incense to the idols. It was I who taught Israel to walk, and I took them by the arms, but they did not understand that I had healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ropes of love. I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down and fed them.
Gratitude comes from love. When we remember how faithful God has been to us, that inspires us to do the same.
How do you feel right now about God?
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
What situation in your life is God using to give you encouragement, comfort, and teach you how to be grateful? Who has God put in your life to give the same love you are being given?
Do a character study on Peter. Study Luke 22 – 24, Acts 1- 5, and 1 Peter 1-5. Peter is a good example of a person who embraced God’s love by facing truth about his own unfaithfulness, as a result, his heart changed. This change taught him how to be grateful and drove him to passionately give love to others.