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A Grateful Heart

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Main Scriptures: Ps.67:5-6

More Scriptures: Is.61:9, Ps.108:1, 1Cor.4:5

As the husband and head of your family, do you want to experience continuous growth in your relationship with your sheep? Do you want the value you have for your wife to continue to appreciate and grow in leaps and bounds? Do you want to have reasons why your wife is God’s treasure to you? Are you desperate to experience spiritual, emotional, academic and physical progress in the lives of your children? The answer is in thanksgiving and not in murmuring and complaining. A grateful heart is the master key to a world of unending progress. And that is what stirs up joy in your heart. You cannot keep complaining that your wife is ugly and expect her to be beautiful in your eyes. You cannot continue to complain that your children are dull and expect them to be exceptional in their academic lives. As the shepherd overseeing the sheep of Jesus in your sheepfold, you must be very watchful of the spirit of ingratitude. It has the power to diminish the worth of your wife and children.

According to the Word of God, your sheep are seeds. God gave you a wife and children. You did not create any. He saw that it was not good for you to be alone so He made it possible for you to be married to your wife (Gen.2:14-18). And the Scripture says that you should nourish and cherish your wife (Eph.5:29). The Bible also describes your children as seeds when it says and their seed shall be known among the Gentiles and their offspring among the people and all that see them shall acknowledge them that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed (Is.61:9). So, because your sheep are seeds from the Lord, they would need to be cultivated and nurtured the same way a farmer treats seeds for planting-sows, waters and weeds. And one major way to do this is through thanksgiving.

Let the people praise thee O God, let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase ….. (Ps.67:6). You must be grateful to God for giving you a wife and children if you want them to be valuable to you. You must show appreciation for the little kindness your wife has shown you. You must learn to thank her for the food she prepares for you. You must thank her for the care she extends to your children and parents and the time she has invested coordinating the home front. You must be grateful to God for her beauty, it doesn’t matter the changes that may have taken place. It is when you have a grateful heart towards your wife and children that you experience the depth of their value to your life. And that is also when the Lord will bless you. Work to grow your gratitude-altitude toward your wife and children and enjoy fruitfulness.

SPIRITUAL EXERCISE

·         Father, in the Name of Jesus, teach me how to be grateful to my wife and children.

·         Father, in the Name of Jesus, help me not to take my wife and children for granted.

·         Father, in the Name of Jesus, help me to honour and value my wife and children.

FAITH CONFESSION

I am grateful to God for the gift of a wife and children and I honour them likewise because that is makes me a good and godly husband in Jesus Name. Amen.


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