IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS
1 Thess. 5:16-18 Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
It’s the season of Thanksgiving and there is much talk between family members and friends of all that we are thankful for, but are we genuinely thankful? God’s word calls for us to rejoice always and in everything give thanks which indicates it’s more than a seasonal thing! The words “always” and “everything” are not temporary or isolated incidents. So, what circumstances create the environment in order for our hearts to be in a continual state of thankfulness?
According to God’s word it is when the peace of Christ is ruling our hearts. Col 3:15-17 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Peace is more than a feeling of security, it is an intimate and vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. In everything give thanks for He is everything we need.
His peace is not a matter of gaining knowledge or becoming more religious, but is a result of His presence and love permeating our hearts and minds. Listen as Jesus promises His peace to those who believed in Him. John 14:26-27 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. 27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. Fear and a troubled heart are the roadblocks detouring us from being thankful people.
My peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you! What did He leave us? What did He give to us? He gave us His forgiveness, mercy and grace. He reconciled us back into a peaceful relationship with Himself and sealed us with His Holy Spirit. Rom 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Phil 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Anxiety fills our hearts when in the midst of our circumstances we do not acknowledge God who is our peace. When we come to Him in prayer with thanksgiving we are acknowledging that He is faithful no matter our circumstance. So, in everything give thanks for He is our peace.
Rom 1:20-21 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. A life of ingratitude reveals a darkening heart. A darkened heart is the result of us not acknowledging Him or giving thanks leaving us to our own futility.
Futility or in everything give thanks; choose which life you desire to live.