"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful," (Colossians 3:15, NKJ).
According to this verse, a thankful heart is a valuable part of knowing God’s peace. The verse also implies that unity with others is connected to thankfulness. So being thankful is both an essential internal quality and a fundamental external factor for connecting with fellow believers.
In Henry Blackaby’s online devotional Monday, he commented on the story of the ten lepers who were healed. Only one glorified God, gave thanks and returned to Jesus to express his gratitude.
Blackaby said, "Thankfulness is foundational to the Christian life. Thankfulness is a conscious response that comes from looking beyond our blessings to their source. As Christians, we have been forgiven, saved from death, and adopted as God’s children. There could be no better reason for a grateful heart!"
As you reflect on the origins of Thanksgiving from the days of the Pilgrims, make a list of the things you are thankful for. Don’t let your list degenerate to a list of material things. Look at the spiritual treasures you have enjoyed. Itemize valuable relationships.Then, share your gratitude with others throughout your weekend of celebration. Be intentional about giving thanks.
The staff at your Biblical Recorder wishes you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. As you celebrate, don’t forget to give a special gift to reach children. Support the Baptist Children’s Homes Thanksgiving offering!
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