Have you ever sinned in your gratitude to God? At least one man has and Jesus condemned him. The Bible records the teaching in Luke 18:9-14.
Two different men prayed two different prayers. One man began with a petition/request, the other man began with thanks. If that was all we knew, it might seem clear who pleased God and who didn’t, but it’s the man who simply asked God for something that was rewarded and answered. The man who began with thanksgiving was not blessed or favored by God.
He was thankful that he wasn’t like “robbers, evil-doers, adulterers, tax collectors” and he followed his “gratitude” with a little bragging, pointing out the good religious things that he does.
Thanksgiving is vital to the Christian life. Our faith will die without it being in our hearts. But apparently, there is a danger in it. There is the possibility of expressing thanks in the wrong way or with the wrong attitude.
Be thankful! This week and always. Daily. Be careful, though, that your gratitude isn’t really a form of bragging or self-righteousness. It can happen.