"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you". 1 Thessalonians 5:18
We are getting ready to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States. But for a Christian every day should be a day of thanksgiving. We should go through each day giving thanks to the Lord for all His bountiful blessings upon us.
Many withhold their thanksgiving because they are looking at what they don't have and what is going on around them in their personal lives and in the world. They say, "How can we give thanks when there is so much wrong?". Yes, there is much wrong, much suffering, much pain, much hurt and much grief. When you can't find anything to be thankful for, get your eyes off of this physical temporary world and put them on the eternal one.
The fact that God loved you so much that He didn't want you to perish, although you deserved to. The fact that while you were going to receive the just punishment for your sins-- eternity in hell-- He stepped in an provided a way for you to go from eternal death to eternal life. The fact that He doesn't make you pay for your own sins-- because you can't-- but sent His Son Jesus as the payment for them. The fact that He has done all this, and more-- reconciled you to Himself; made you His heir and a joint heir to Christ Jesus; set you in heavenly places in Christ Jesus; blesses you with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places; and has written your name in the Lamb's Book of Life should make you never want to stop giving Him thanks!
When you feel like you have nothing to be thankful for, get your eyes off of this natural, temporary life and look at the eternal riches that He has given you.
Have a great day. If you look at the temporary things, they can steal your thanksgiving to God. But if you look at the eternal blessings He has given you, you may not be able to stop giving Him praise and thanksgiving.
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