If there is one single quality that just leaps out from people who “think like a Christian,” I would say it’s gratitude. You never meet a Christian who “thinks like a Christian” that does not demonstrate a grateful and gracious spirit.
I haven’t counted this up, but I’d bet the word “thanksgiving” is one of the most repeated words in the Bible. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, He controls our lives and we see the results Paul talked about in Ephesians:
“Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.” -Ephesians 5:19-20
Contentment is only cultivated through a spirit of thankfulness. The reason these two words—contentment and thankfulness—fit together is that a content heart is always focused and thankful. A Christian who is not thankful is not content.
This is what Scripture tells us in 1 Timothy 6:6:
“But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.”
Paul also tells us that contentment is to be learned and that it can be experienced in any circumstances.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” -Philippians 4:11
The Father has given us everything we need to glorify Him and to bring peace and joy to our hearts. The natural outpouring of our hearts then is singing, praising and thanking the Father.
What else is there to do but rejoice and give thanks?
The psalmists constantly shout out to us the need to say “thank You” to our Lord.
“Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good.” -Psalm 136:1
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” -Psalm 118:1
Any Christian that is angry, bitter or complaining is a Christian who has forgotten the surpassing greatness of God’s infinite love for them—a love that allows them to see God’s abundant kindness to them every day and every moment.
In closing, let me say this: We all are in a great fight. The enemy is constantly trying to steal our joy. I have found in the midst of my darkest moments that our God resides in the praises of His people.
In the words of Charles Spurgeon, “Wash your face every morning in a bath of praise.”
At your lowest point—when you feel most disconnected—just start saying “thank You” for whatever comes to your mind. Then watch the Holy Spirit renew you in His steadfast love.