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Tears of Gratitude (6 of 6)
Series: Tears for Every Occasion
May 28, 2003
1. This will be the last in our six-part series on "Tears for Every Occasion." We have talked about tears of joy, tears of regret, tears of repentance, tears of grief, and we have talked about tears of pain. Tonight? Tears of gratitude.
ILLUS: My brother and his wife were up for a visit this week. As he and I were talking, we were reminiscing the years of our past-before and after our salvation. We were just thanking God for His great work of grace in or lives.
I said to him, "As you sit reading your Bible sometimes, or maybe as you are preparing a Sunday school lesson, and you come across a special passage, doesn't it just overwhelm you that God has saved you and blessed your life?" He said, "Yes, it does."
I said, "Sometimes, I am so moved by what He has done for me, the tears just begin to flow. They are tears of gratitude."
2. Friend, we are debtors. We owe God a great deal-more than we could ever repay. Let's never lose touch with our emotions in this area-the fact that His grace has been given to us.
SONG: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
QUOTE: Cicero said, "Gratitude is not only the greatest of all the virtues, but the parent of all the others."
QUOTE: Henry Ward Beecher once said concerning gratitude, "As flowers carry dewdrops, trembling on the edges of the petals, and ready to fall at the first waft of the wind or brush of bird, So the heart should carry its beaded words of thanksgiving. At the first breath of heavenly flavor, let down the shower, perfumed with the heart's gratitude.
3. I want us to t ...
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