thanks-giving that’s not hypocritical

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When your heart is heavy and thanks seems buried beneath sorrow:

“Do not say, ‘But it is hypocritical to thank God with my tongue when I don’t feel thankful in my heart.’

There is such a thing as hypocritical thanksgiving: Its aim is to conceal ingratitude and get the praise of men. That is not your aim.

Your aim in loosing your tongue with words of gratitude is that God would be merciful and fill your words with the emotion of true gratitude. You are not seeking the praise of men; you are seeking the mercy of God. You are not hiding the hardness of ingratitude, but hoping for the in-breaking of the Spirit.” (John Piper, When the Darkness Will Not Lift)

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About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and currently work at two jobs for which I'm very grateful -- part-time at my kids' school, and as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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One Response to thanks-giving that’s not hypocritical

  1. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    GOOD POINT…PRAISE THE LORD MOST HIGH FOR THIS BLOGGER AND THIS POST!!! WE ABOUND IN THANKS TO GOD FOR THEM! 🙂

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