Giving thanks should come naturally to all believers simply because of the victory that has been given through our Lord Jesus Christ.
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)
But, what exactly does it mean to “give thanks”? The word “thanks” in today’s verse comes from the Greek word chairo, a verb meaning to rejoice, to be glad – but not just any kind of rejoicing but to rejoice exceedingly. It also means to be well and to thrive.
When you think about today’s verse, our thanks giving should be more than mere words, giving thanks infers action – it means to not only be glad but to act glad. To not only say you’re rejoicing but to rejoice exceedingly in your daily activities. It not only means to give thanks, but it also means to live a thankful life – to thrive in your rejoicing and thanks giving . . . it’s about living out the victory that was given us through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Years ago, when I sang in our choir at church, we faced the congregation; it was impossible not to notice people’s faces. Some were truly rejoicing; others were saying the words but their faces failed to show it, their actions didn’t prove it and their sincerity was truly questionable.
Take some time today and get serious with the Lord, let Him know that you are exceedingly grateful for the victory that was given us through Jesus Christ our Lord—more than enough to cause us to “rejoice in the Lord always”!
Be thankful . . . the price paid for your redemption is worth more than anything money can buy, and it’s yours absolutely free. All God asks is that you be thankful.
Give thanks with a grateful heart,
Give thanks unto the Holy One,
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son
And now let the weak say “I am strong”,
Let the poor say “I am rich”,
Because of what the Lord, has done for us
Father, I am glad—exceedingly glad for the victory that You have given me through Jesus Christ my Lord. Your bountiful blessings are immeasurable and Your love unfathomable. Lord, help me to live a life of thankfulness not hiding my joy from anyone. Help me to rejoice always, to bring glory to You in all I do and say from a heart that is overwhelmed with thanks and gladness. Thank You, Lord . . . Thank You! Amen and Amen!
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
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