Ephesians 5:3-5 (KJV)
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
It is remarkable that, in the midst of all this sin, in the midst of all this that should not be named among the members of God’s churches, there is this one good thing, this one thing we ought to be known for, the giving of thanks.
I notice that thanksgiving; gratitude as the secular world calls it, is a common theme these days. Life coaches teach gratitude. We are told that successful businesspeople practice gratitude. Even military operators proclaim the power of gratitude in the hardest conflicts. But the gratitude they speak of is not the thanksgiving of God’s Word. Perhaps the reason why Christian thanksgiving is less influential than it ought to be is that Christians are mimicking worldly gratitude and calling it thanksgiving.
The thanks giving of the Bible is unique because:
- It is focused on God
- It is not moved by circumstances and
- It is constant among varying believers
None of us have the same life experiences. That makes no difference in Christian thanksgiving. Our focus is God, not “everything” (in everything give thanks)
- Our circumstances don’t move us either to or from thanksgiving and
- It is the same for believers of all walks because God is the same.
This giving of thanks ought to be the most well known thing about us.
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