Gratefulness vs. Blame

Blame is the opposite of Gratefulness. These two things are antonyms and unable to agree with one another ever.

We need to purge ourselves of the need to blame others. However in order to do this, you need an understanding of why you feel the need to blame.

  • You will always feel like you have been cheated if you expect imperfect people to behave perfectly (especially if that person is yourself.)
  • We have a tendency to avoid responsibility for our actions.
    • When things do not go the way we want, or expect, we often feel compelled to blame others and ignore any part which we had in the outcome.
  • Blame is the result of our inability to fully trust God.
    • 1Thessalonians 5:15-18 NKJV See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. (16) Rejoice always, (17) pray without ceasing, (18) in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
      • We see here the words Rejoice Always. When you fully are trusting in God for all things and at all times, you are able to rejoice always.
      • This is because you are not concerned with the outcome, because you have an inherent understanding that God has it worked out. I.e. Jeremiah 29:11
  • We become ungrateful because we focus only on that which is wrong and do not see the positives, or even the neutrals.
    • Psalm 106:24-25 NKJV Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe His word, (25) But complained in their tents, and did not heed the voice of the Lord.
      • When we are grumbling or complaining, we are missing the blessing, and we are not grateful for it.
  • Our inability to be grateful is what causes us to blame. We begin to look for a reason or a scapegoat because we do not want the responsibility.
    • If we continue to allow blame to grow within us, we will start a habit, or a cycle that moves the focus away from God and onto us.
    • The focus must always be on God alone. Any form of self-centeredness or Inward Focus that does not lead us to focus more on him is a failure.
    • He is utmost chief and deserves all Glory, when we focus our attention away from him we take his Glory, and stealing from the King is a form of Treason.

As always, comments, questions, or any other form of discussion are welcomed. Blessings. -Mat Reames

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About matreames

I am a Man on a Mission, A Missionary. I worship, I Love the Word, and I love the Glorious Gospel. How can I help you pursue Christ more?

Posted on November 8, 2010, in Religion, Spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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