THANKSLIVING

Thanksliving – "an attitude of gratitude that expresses itself in concrete actions in daily life that honors and exalts the greatness and the goodness of God."  This week our country celebrated its annual "Thanksgiving" commemorating the first "Thanksgiving" celebrated by the Plymouth Colony in 1621 in which the colonists invited the local Wampanoag Indians and celebrated their harvest after a harsh winter. Thanksgiving in our country is limited to one day and is a traditional time of giving thanks and gratitude in general, but true thanksgiving for believers in Christ is identified by a life of daily "Thanksliving." Thanksliving is an action verb that will express itself in concrete actions in daily life that honors and exalts the greatness and the goodness of God. Thanksliving in the life of a saint of God will express itself in offering daily sacrifices to God. Among these are the sacrificing of one's body (Romans 12:1); the sacrifice of giving thanks with one's lips (Hebrews 13:15); the sacrifice of prayer (Psalm141:2); the sacrifice of giving (Hebrews 13:16); and the sacrifice of a contrite spirit (Psalm 51:17). Every saint of God should make it a conscious decision every day to honor and exalt the greatness and goodness of God through "thanksliving." (Psalm 107:21-22), " Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing."

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