As I was reflecting on 1 Thessalonians 5:18, my mind kept coming back to the prepositional phrase for you, concluding that there were benefits of giving thanks.
Well, a few hours later on my phone’s news feed I noticed the headline “7 Surprising Health Benefits of Gratitude.”
I clicked and browsed the article, and then returned to Paul’s 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and the phrase for you.
God always meant for us to take an interdisciplinary approach to life, since all truths, for our human benefit, come from his benevolent hands.
Thanksgiving is more than the bird, the beers, the games, and even family and friends at the house.
Thanksgiving should remind us to give God thanks on a daily. According to the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, it’s God’s will in Christ Jesus to give thanks.
And we give thanks not only when things are going our way, but we give thanks “in all circumstances.” Remember, this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus.
In the Greek text, “all circumstances” is literally “all things.”
So we give thanks for finding a remote control after a few grueling minutes
And those annoying keys!
Not just the big things like finding a job or recovery after a life-threatening surgery or illness.
So I agree with the Roman statesman and scholar Cicero when he said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”
There’s something to be said for pausing, reflecting, and giving thanks. It is indeed God’s will for us in Christ Jesus.
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!!!
Chapter 27, Of the Sacraments:
“Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace,
immediately instituted by God,
to represent Christ, and His benefits;
and to confirm our interest in Him:
as also, to put a visible difference between those that belong unto the Church, and the rest of the world;
and solemnly to engage them to the service of God in Christ, according to His Word.”
How is your theology of the sacraments? Is it adequate? Is it a faithful summary of the full spectrum of biblical theology?
Simply put, as holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace, the sacraments bid us to behold what God has done for us, for our salvation, in his Son–freely given to us, to be received by faith alone–and not based on our obedience and good works.
I commend the above summary from the 17th century Westminster Confession of Faith, a confession which continues to serve as a standard for many Reformed and Presbyterian churches.