How can we stay focused on a heart that gives thanks and glorifies God? How can we cultivate a grateful and giving heart this season? Continue reading “Tis the Season Week 3: Grateful Hearts”
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“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in this verse is the word eucharisteo in the original language of Scripture. It means to be thankful; to express one’s gratitude; give thanks.
Give thanks in this verse is a word in the present tense, imperative mood and active voice, which means a continuous, repeated action, a command that the subject accomplishes. In other words: Do it ! Over and over and over again.
Some of the other words for giving thanks and thanksgiving in the New Testament are:
thanksgiving —eucharistia—gratitude; active, grateful language; thanks to God as an act of worship
be thankful —eucharistos—(used only in Colossians 3:15) — thankful, mindful of favors, grateful
In the midst of each of these words is the Greek word charis which means grace… Continue reading “A Thanksgiving Attitude”
Psalm 33:18-21 struck me today.
Now the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him —
those who depend on His faithful love
to deliver them from death
and to keep them alive in famine.
We wait for Yahweh;
He is our help and shield.
For our hearts rejoice in Him
because we trust in His holy name.
They eye of the Lord is on those who depend on Him. My natural mode of operation is independence, which always brings about famine in my soul, and robs me of my joy and peace. I needed this reminder to DEPEND on His FAITHFUL LOVE.
His faithful love is DEPENDABLE. The Scriptures describe God’s love as faithful and unfailing. I love this word in the original language. It is the word hesed and it speaks of God’s covenantal love —a love that is steadfast and immovable, faithful even when we are not. It is a word that describes His mercy, goodness, faithfulness and kindness. It is central to the character of God. Psalm 136 uses this word 26 times to Continue reading “Giddy Joy!”