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The heart is fortified by gratitude

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

In fact, it is good that the heart be fortified by gratitude [charis]" (Hebrews 13:9).

The Greek word charis, in its original sense, means to prove by recognition. That comes naturally when we benefit from a favour, but it is not limited by that. In effect, the verse Hebrews 13:10 explains that there exists in us an altar on which we offer God a sacrifice of praise "which is the fruit of our lips which confess His name" (Hebrews 13:15).

Gratitude is then an inner state which permits us, whatever our circumstances, to worship our almighty God. Through Jesus, at any time, we can offer our sacrifices of gratitude on our altar, which will cause our heart to be confirmed, that is to say, made stronger and more assured. Thus, the more we are grateful to God, the more our heart will be strong and constant.