“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:20)
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (I Thessalonians 6:16-18)
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name, for the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” (Psalm 100:4-5)
Thank you. Two simple words that can make such a difference between people. Saying thank you for someone’s generosity and good will is the polite thing to do. Traditionally, it has always been a part of the “good manners” our parents taught us. Today, not so much. Society has changed a lot since I was young. Still, saying thank you to someone brings harmony among people.
When someone goes out of their way to do something nice for you, and a “thank you” isn’t said, it’s pretty rude and cold I think. Someone HAS done something especially nice for you; you and the rest of mankind. God the Father, the Creator of all things, has made it possible for every human being to receive eternal life with Him instead of the lake of fire. A truly precious gift! His Son–Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came to earth, lived a sinless life, died on a cross and rose again from the grave three days later–yes the One who we celebrate every year at Christmas time. He is the most precious gift of all.
Our salvation is the most precious gift we have from God and it deserves a big THANK YOU FATHER every single day we wake up. The Bible says to “not neglect so great a salvation.” Don’t take it for granted because every single day people die all over the world without Jesus and enter Hell. But God goes so much further than that in His efforts to bless us! The Bible says that “every good gift and every perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights.”
Yesterday the nation of America celebrated Thanksgiving with family and friends. All over the country people had good will in their hearts towards one another. It is the official start of the “holiday season” in America. It starts with THANKSGIVING. The whole season is centered around God. The pilgrims had a meal and thanked GOD for the new nation and it is still celebrated in this nation as a day we thank GOD for our freedoms. I don’t think there is anything more precious–other than a relationship with Jesus–than the FREEDOM to worship Him, the freedom to thank Him openly, the freedom to go to His house and worship Him.
Today, as the Christmas season begins, continue to give thanks to the One who has made it all possible for us to live in a free country. Let’s enjoy the freedom that He has given us with thanksgiving. Let us remember all those who have died paying for us to be free to worship Him freely.