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Antidote to the poison of being "grumbly hateful"

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many;

not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

- Charles Dickens


God blesses us, not because of who we are, but in spite of it.

In the face of our self-centeredness and deceit, God still loves us.

Heaven’s blessings flow from God’s good heart, not from our goodness.

We should not get the idea we somehow merit God’s smile by personal virtue.


It is more rewarding to revel in enjoyed benefits, than to fret over what we do not have.

It is sweeter to count many current blessings, than to ponder a few historical disappointments.  

It would be unwise to demand that God give us what we deserve—if He did, we would really be poor.

Love enriches us immeasurably—to avoid being an ingrate we must be humbly grateful, not grumbly hateful.


It is rewarding to inventory the cornucopia of heaven’s gifts supplying all our needs—

faith to counteract worry, family to solve loneliness, health to relish life, income to pay bills,

pardon to cancel guilt, tomorrow to inspire hope, heaven to give us Someone to look forward to.

Whatever fails, we can be sure God’s blessings never will; He will never go back on His Word—thank God!


I blessed him with an irrevocable blessing.

Genesis 27:33 NLT


Johnny R. Almond

                Pastor, Colonial Beach Baptist Church, Virginia

Author, Gentle Whispers from Eternity—Scripture Personalized

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[This devotion based on/adapted from Day 18 of Gentle Whispers from Eternity]

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