GIVE THANKS IN ALL THINGS
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1st Thessalonians 5:18.
Thankfulness is a mental and verbal expression of one’s acknowledgment and appreciation of God’s person, His grace, blessings, and sovereign work in one’s life and the world.
Some key ideas related to thankfulness are biblical understanding, trust, humility and grace, the right focus and values, and joy. It is through the possession and function of these qualities that we become thankful. So, why should we be thankful? Thankfulness is an important subject to the Apostle Paul and in the Word of God.
Why We Should Be Thankful
1.Because it honours God. When we are thankful, we recognize that God exists, and we are acting on the reality of His life as the very source and means of ours. True thankfulness recognizes our total dependence on God and stems from realizing that everything going on in our lives and all we have is the product of God’s sovereign control, infinite wisdom, purposes, grace, and activity. 2nd Corinthians 4: 15.
- Because it is commanded in Scripture. First, the Psalms are filled with the call to give thanks. An example is Psalm 100: 4 which says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Then Paul tells us in 1st Thessalonians 5:18. “In everything keep on giving thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”
- Because of the dangerous consequences of thanklessness: Thanklessness is dangerous to self and others. It dishonours God and leads to proud humanism or dependence on man rather than God, In addition, it leads to bitterness, complaining, and a joyless lift Hebrews 12: 15.
Since thankfulness is a response to the grace of God, its opposite, bitterness with its companions, complaining and grumbling, are the product of an unthankful heart that fails to properly respond to God in faith to His person, infinite wisdom, grace, and purposes. Thanklessness promotes pettiness and occupation with self, people, and problems.
That, in turn, creates depression and feelings of hopelessness because we become focused on our problems rather than on the Lord.
But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and who makes known through us the fragrance that consists of
Thanks are to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and who makes known through us the fragrance that consists of the knowledge of him in every place 2nd Corinthians 2: 14.
This verse in 2nd Corinthians demonstrates that a thankful and God-focused person counts on God and His triumph and will manifest the sweet fragrance of a life filled with the knowledge of Christ rather than the spirit of bitterness and complaining.
Learn to be thankful for every blessing from God in your life. It is of great significance to Him if, during great trials, we can be thankful. There is a way of looking at life from the standpoint of eternity. The reality of eternal life and eternal glory that far exceeds this life is a priceless treasure. Our afflictions are working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
Give me Your attitude of humility and thankful acceptance. I want to be like the Apostle Paul who learned contentment in every circumstance.
By him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15.
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
The Source of a Thankful Heart:
Since spiritual understanding is so vital to a thankful heart, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16.
Living in the Word keeps our focus where it belongs.
God has designed the Christian life to be lived under the control and influence of the Holy Spirit. Thus, the Spirit-filled life is a vital source of thankfulness.
Remembering who we are as God’s children is another source of being thankful.
Remembering to what we have been called, to one body in which there should be peace, and recognizing the consequences of a thankless heart. Hebrews 12:15b is another source.
I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Psalm 7:17,8:1.