A Key Component Of Thankfulness: Joy

This time of year we tend to focus on thankfulness, and for good reason. November is when we celebrate Thanksgiving. Our gratitude should then spill over into the December season of giving and rejoicing as we celebrate our Savior’s birth. Sometimes though we leave out a key component of thankfulness: joy.

It is easy to be thankful without any joy. Most would say they are thankful to live in a free nation like ours but are quick to complain about our government and elected officials. Joyful thankfulness is grateful, but also content with the blessings and will of the Lord — even when we don’t get our way.

Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Part of doing good is doing it with joyful thankfulness. Often times we grow weary. Things at work are hard. Ministry is difficult. Our boss is unreasonable. Our children are challenging. Our candidate didn’t win. Our health isn’t good. Our schedule is crazy. Hard times abound.

The Bible talks a lot about thankfulness, it also talks a lot about why we should be thankful.

What He Did

I don’t think it is an accident our calendars have us celebrating Thanksgiving before Christmas. If you focus on what Jesus went through so we could have eternal life and you’ll find it hard to be joylessly unthankful. Jesus left the Father, came to earth as a man, died, and rose again all for us. On our worst day, none of us are facing that. Focusing on what He did for you will help you focus on the right thing, with thankfulness and joy.

The rest is at: https://ministrytech.com/worship/component-of-thankfulness/2/

We thank You, Lord, that Your love is the greatest love of all

“Love is as strong as death … It burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it” (Song of Solomon 7:6-7). We thank You, Lord, that Your love is the greatest love of all: “Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). We can never earn Your love: “If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly scorned” (Song of Solomon 8:7). Your love is always Your gift to us. May Your love burn, in our hearts, “like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame” – a fire that burns up our dross, a refining fire that purifies us, a flame that burns for Your glory.

Comment: https://learningfromgodsword.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/we-thank-you-lord-that-your-love-is-the-greatest-love-of-all/

3 Reasons to Thank God When You Don’t Feel Like It

“Lord, if You bless me, I’ll thank You; but if You don’t, I’ll be thankful for what I have.” – Phil Robertson

COMMAND FOR THANKFULNESS

The will of God is clearly defined in Scripture, and the will of God is that we should give thanks to Him in all circumstances, good and bad, because we know for certain that even the bad things will work out for our very best (Rom. 8:28). People ask me, “What is the will of God for my life?” I tell them to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18). It is the will of God to praise and thank God. We may not discover God’s will for our life until we obey the revealed will of God in Scripture.

 Read more: https://www.christianquotes.info/images/3-reasons-thank-god-dont-feel-like/#ixzz50V69r8zN

 

Finding Gratitude

https://us5.campaign-archive.com/?e=c07069ddf1&u=45b75085e6ab57e339ea89d67&id=eb76167677

Great Verses of the Bible: 1Thessalonians 5:18

https://thepreachersword.com/2017/11/22/great-verses-of-the-bible-1thessalonians-518/

Message – “Thankful for a Change” (Acts 9:26-31)

https://bellatorchristi.com/2017/11/20/podcast-11-20-17-message-thankful-for-a-change-acts-926-31/

The Best Way to be Thankful

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/preventingrace/2017/11/19/best-way-thankful/

Sermon Saturdays: Thankfulness

http://samrainer.com/2017/09/sermon-saturdays-thankfulness/

Gratitude

Luke 17:17 Jesus asked, Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?

I imagine every generation has their issues with the previous generation. One area that seems to come up in conversations quite often is a lack of gratitude. Gratitude is defined as – the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

A nation was grateful to the military when they returned from World War II – even calling the men and women who fought to defeat evil in Europe and the Pacific theatre – the greatest generation. But I remember soldiers returning from Vietnam receiving protests and ridicule. A nation – not solidly behind the war efforts in Vietnam – didn’t rally around the returning soldiers – showing them with gratitude. Most of those soldiers had nothing to do with the political unrest surrounding this conflict. Most – like their counterparts in WWII – were merely following orders from those up the command chain. They too deserved our gratitude as a nation. They fought for freedom – they fought instead of many of us – they should have been welcomed home with open arms and gratitude.

I imagine that a number of generations have felt that the generation that followed them lacked gratitude. Some seem to have a lack of gratitude for what others have gone thru before them. When we fail to be students of our shared history – it tends to feed a lack of gratitude. The Civil Rights movement in our country is an example. Many suffered long and hard for the freedoms many of us enjoy today. Is there a measure of gratitude? I often do not see the gratitude for those who went before us.

Is there anyone in our life or in our families’ history that we should remember or show gratitude toward? Did anyone – maybe your parents – your grandparents – your ancestors – who walked a rough road that we might walk an easier one? We should show gratitude.

Has anyone done us a solid? Has anyone gone out of their way to help us? Has anyone give us the benefit of the doubt? Has anyone given us a break when we didn’t deserve it? If so – we should show gratitude.

In today’s passage we read about 10 persons who had leprosy. Leprosy was a disease that had social consequences. If you were diagnosed with leprosy you became a societal outcast. You had to live apart from the rest of society and when you came near other people they would shun you and walk away from you. Ten such persons met Jesus one day and Jesus healed them. Unfortunately – only one of the ten came back to show gratitude.

Read more: https://raymcdonald.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/gratitude/

The Spiritual Power of Giving Thanks

What does the Bible Say about Giving Thanks

An old friend of mine used to complain about everything. Even with perfect weather — sunny with a high of 75 — and he would gripe, “Well, it won’t last forever.”

I used to see this negativity as the minor quirk of a friend, but now see it as a major spiritual issue. God calls us to be thankful (Colossians 3:15).

What happens when you don’t give thanks

Continue: http://www.kevinhalloran.net/the-spiritual-power-of-giving-thanks/