How important is gratitude? A worthy question; and the answer is simple: it is crucial.
Romans 1:21-22 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
II Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Lack of thankfulness is given as one of the two reasons why our minds and hearts become darkened and unable to profit from the light of God, right next to refusing to glorify and give God the rule of us. Ingratitude is also ranked as equal to blasphemy, unholiness, and covetousness.
Think about it. If you are being truly grateful to God for what He has given you, for what He is, for what He has promised to you, for what He has planned for you, will you be able to commit any sin? I challenge you to name one sin that does not have its roots in ingratitude. Lust is by nature the opposite of gratitude: they cannot coexist. And if you are ungrateful in one area of your life separate from that of purity, than you will find that it is harder for you to remain pure. If you live your life consciously and consistently seeking to be thankful for all of God’s blessings, you will find new strength to battle temptation.
Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
I Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
Psalm 97:12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
With love and joy and thanks in Christ,