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Thursday Thoughts: Thanksgiving. . . All Year Around

on November 28, 2013

crossI decided to do a study on the works thank, thanks, and thankfulness as they are recorded in the Bible. It has been such a helpful study to me. What has been especially striking is the emphasis on thankfulness as a primary characteristic of Christians. Sometimes I think we brush unthankfulness and complaining off as “secondary” sins, those ones which everyone does regularly–which makes them less bad, right?

My study has shown me that quite the opposite is true. Rather, thanklessness indicates a HUGE root problem: disbelief in God. Romans 1:21 talks of those who know a little about God but they refuse to “honor him as God or give thanks to him.” Douglas Moo, in a commentary (NICNT) says, “The root sin is the failure to value God above all things, so that he is not honored and praised as he should be.”

So, as I read through the Old Testament, I read over and over again of people who really knew God. They knew his worthiness. And they could not help but praise him when they knew God for who he is! The Psalms praise God over and over, thanking him for his love and goodness (even when the situations were horrible at times!).

The New Testament goes on to praise and thank God. The apostle Paul especially models a lifestyle of gratitude for us. He makes it clear that thankfulness is a characteristic of holy livingas individuals and as a body of believers.

 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving (Eph 5:3-4).

Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ(Eph 5:18b-20).

The American Thanksgiving is a holiday based upon a historic event. May true believers also celebrate Thanksgiving all year around as we see how great our God is and what great things he has done, is doing, and will do for us!

That said, Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

{On Thursdays, I share some thoughts about what God is teaching me in my various roles as a Christian, a woman, a wife, a mother, and a pastor’s wife.}

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