Being Grateful for Other People’s Blessings

You hear everywhere that you should feel gratitude for the blessings that come into your life. This is a very good guideline to follow, because feeling gratitude just pulls more blessings your way.

But I am going to go a step further. I believe that you should feel gratitude for other people’s blessings. If you have a friend who has lost weight, be joyful for their success. Do you know of someone who has been gifted a car, or who has won a scholarship for college? Be so gleeful for their blessings that you want to dance a wee jig on their behalf.

Jealousy is one of the seven deadly sins. Let’s look at what the Bible says about jealousy.

James 3:16 (ESV) For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

This is just one of many verses, but it gets the point across. Jealousy breeds hatred, both for the person receiving the blessing, and for the jealous person as it breeds self-loathing in their heart for not having received that blessing.

But I believe that one way to receive blessings oneself, is to be thankful for others’ blessings.

Ecclesiastes 5:19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.

I think jealousy is just another way of saying selfishness. To be unselfish is something I strive for each and every day. I love it when my friends, family, heck, even strangers, receive blessings in their lives. It makes me feel so good for them, and it is as if I received that blessing as well. I just want to clap them on the back, say congratulations, and help them celebrate their own joy. No one should every be made to feel guilty at having received a blessing.

So, my message today is to take joy, be grateful for the blessings of others, have an unselfish heart and help others learn to feel that same gratitude for the blessings of others as well.

Pslams 126: 2-3 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

One Response

  1. DelightedHands Says:

    Amen. We are robbed of such joy when we can’t appreciate the blessings all around us! Thank you for the reminder.

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