A condensed e-mail from Uppahar, India
Greetings to you all in the most precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let our hearts swell up with praises to our Lord who has brought us thus far this year, providing all our needs and sustaining us every single moment by His grace.
I Thess. 5:18: “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” We may not feel like giving thanks to the Lord when we are upset over certain problems. But we can certainly be thankful that there is a loving God in heaven who never will let us down. He has done so much for us. The least we can do is to bow our heads before Him and be thankful for His gracious gifts. Thankfulness is the opposite of complaining. Instead of complaining about what we do not have, let’s be thankful for what God has given us graciously. First, He has given us life and breath. Second, He has saved us, who were once dead in transgressions, by His grace we have been saved (Eph. 2:5). Third, He has chosen us, before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight (Eph. 1:4). Fourth, He has made us His children, (Rom. 8:15). Fifth, He has written our names in the Book of life. Sixth, He is coming for us, to be with Him forever (I Thess. 4:16-18). Let us remember that praising God is a previlage. To fail in this is to withhold God’s glory that belongs to Him. He who sacrifices thank offerings honors God. (Psalm 50:23). So, in every situation, before, in and after trials, let us give thanks to the Lord. An attitude of gratitude is a wonderful weapon against unbelief, disobedience, a hard heart and a bitter spirit. May the Lord strengthen and help us to live a holy and blameless life and prepare us to meet Him when He comes again.
Yours in Christ,
Warm Regards Dr. Rajat Kumar Pani, PhD