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Gratitude. No, Thank You!

Stephen Phinney



Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. (Colossians 2:6-7)

 

Warning. This article will not set well with those who feel sorry for themselves.



I woke up this morning to read a message from a friend, John Tesh. John is one of the most positive people I know. However, today our topic was regret. I then realized that some of the most positive people in the world have moments of regret.


Our focus on gathering stories of victory amid suffering & disbelief is flushing out testimonies from around the world. I am discovering that the individuals overflowing with gratitude are not only surviving horrid circumstances, but they are also rising above them and reaching out to others. I am beginning to see a pattern of deliverance.


The word gratitude is an interesting Greek wordeuchaistia. While the English hold to the definition of an act of worship, it has a much deeper meaning associated with it from Greek culture. The word originally communicated the attitude observed on Jesus’s face during the Last Supper, which is called Eucharist. If you were privileged to attend the Last Supper, you likely would use this Greek word to depict Jesus’s contentment and thanksgiving for being given the privilege of being crucified, not only by His enemies but those that claimed love and devotion to Him. In short, His contentment revealed a Holy thanksgiving for betrayal.


Let’s put things in perspective. While Jesus was hanging on the cross of betrayal, the Scriptures reveal only three people at His side – His mother, a converted whore, and Jesus’s beloved John. The same John entrusted with writing the book of Revelation. On a more disturbing note, everyone at the Last Supper outside of John - betrayed Him and hid like dogs when Jesus needed them the most.


Our reality is that Jesus’s mother represented His first Coming, Mary Magdaline represented who He came to deliver, and John was/is the ultimate representative of His Second Coming. Gospel complete. End of story.


The opposite of the Eucharist is regret!