Thank (God) in everything (no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks), for this is the will of God for you (who are) in Christ Jesus (the Revealer and Mediator of that will). 1 Thessalonians 5:18 AMP
Each year, we come to this time in our calendar – a time for reflection of what has happened to us over the last year – finding that for which we will give thanks. As we gather together, some of us here are at ease as we make a list of things to be grateful for while there are others who are struggling to find something to give thanks for. Yet, the Bible tells us that it is the will of God that we give thanks and be thankful no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. Have you ever thought that since we don’t give thanks for circumstances, then there must be something else that we give thanks for?
The word for “thanks” used here is the Greek word:
euxaristéō (from /eú, "good" and /xaris, "grace") – properly, acknowledging that "God's grace works well," i.e. for our eternal gain and His glory; to give thanks – literally, "thankful for God's good grace."
This is the same word used by some for Communion (see 1 Corinthians 11:23-24). As believers in Jesus, we don’t give thanks for circumstances we give thanks for God’s good grace which works well. We give thanks for the power of God which works everything out according to God’s eternal purpose for our lives! So tonight, we look beyond that which is temporary to that which is eternal. We don’t give thanks for the mountain in front of us but for the power of God which builds a house for us out of the mountain. God is reshaping everything in your life to make it inhabitable for you!
For that which is good we give thanks. For that which is in process we give thanks because of the chisel of good grace shaping it into good for the child of God. God has revealed the good and is mediating the bad. Hallelujah!
At this time, we encourage you to take communion. Communion is also known as The Lord’s Supper, which in Bible times was called a “love feast”. The people of God gave thanks for one another. Now, we will have a good ole fashioned love feast.
Take communion with your family/spouse.
Take communion with those who are special to you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (AMP)
1 Corinthians 11:23-24
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