Thankful: Conclusion

Thankful

Over the last few weeks, we have considered some reasons why we are to be thankful to God. We are to give thanks for His word because it shows us the way of salvation and what we should do to please Him. We are to show gratitude for the blessings that we receive in this life that have been provided to us by God. We must be thankful for God’s mercy which allows us the opportunity to be forgiven of our sins and have fellowship with Him. We also ought to always be grateful for the hope that we have through Christ that allows us to look forward to an eternal reward in heaven.

As we noticed at the beginning of this study, there are five things that are necessary for us to be thankful:

  1. A giver – The giver of all good things is God (James 1:17).
  2. A recipient – We have received the good things that God has provided.
  3. A gift that is accepted – We must be willing to receive the gifts that God provides and not reject, neglect, or discard them.
  4. An appreciation of the gift – This involves us recognizing what God provides us and appreciating the value of these blessings.
  5. A demonstration of gratitude – Through our words and our actions, we are to offer our sincere thanks to God.

In this series, we have only scratched the surface of all the things for which we should be thankful. During the Thanksgiving season – and at all times throughout the year – let us reflect on all of the good things that we have and continually thank God for them.

There is always a temptation to focus on the negative things in this life – the challenges, hardships, and trials that we face – and forget to thank God for all of the good things He has provided us. Let us not make that mistake. God has abundantly blessed us far more than anything we deserve, especially as we look beyond this life. Let us regularly offer praise and thanks to Him!


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