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November 24, 2021 7:00 pm
Seneca, the great philosopher of ancient Rome (4 bc–ad 65), was once accused by the empress Messalina of adultery. After the Senate sentenced Seneca to death, the emperor Claudius instead exiled him to Corsica, perhaps because he suspected the charge was false. This reprieve may have shaped Seneca’s view of thankfulness when he wrote: “. . . homicides, tyrants, thieves, adulterers, robbers, sacrilegious men, and traitors there always will be, but worse than all these is the crime of ingratitude.”
Welcome to today's encouragement from yOur Daily Bread devotional by Bill Crowder in a row. Today's reading titled a thankful heart Seneca the great philosopher of ancient Rome was once accused by the Empress Miss Alina of adultery after the Senate sentenced Seneca to death the Emperor Claudius. Instead, exiled him to Corsica, perhaps because he suspected the charge was false. This reprieve may have shaped Seneca's view of thankfulness when he wrote, homicides, tyrants, thieves, adulterers, robbers, sacrilegious men and traders. There always will be. But worse than all these is the crime of ingratitude, a contemporary of Seneca's, the apostle Paul may have agreed in Romans 121 he wrote that one of the triggers for the downward collapse of humankind was that they refused to give thanks to God writing to the church at Colossae. Three times Paul challenged his fellow believers in Christ to gratitude. He said we should be overflowing with thankfulness as we let God's peace rule in our hearts were to respond with thankfulness. In fact, gratitude ought to characterize our prayers. God's great kindnesses to us remind us of one of life's great realities. He not only deserves our love and worship. He also deserves our thankful hearts everything that's good in life comes from him with all we been given in Christ.
Gratitude should be as natural as breathing, may we respond to God's gracious gifts by expressing our gratitude to him. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Colossians chapter 4 verses two through six.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful and pray for us, to the God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly as I should be wise in the way you act toward outsiders make the most of every opportunity.
Let your conversation be always full of grace. Season with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Let's pray, loving father every good and perfect gift comes down from you how grateful we are for your mercy and your love how grateful we are for every good and perfect gift. You provide for us, teach us to be thankful and give us hearts filled with gratitude to you for all that you've done for us in Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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