Quotes and Notes for the Day
GIVING THANKS ALWAYS
(…. and be ye thankful. Colossians 3:15)
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Who forgiveth all thine inquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles‘.”
There are four kinds of people, with regard to this matter of being thankful: – There are those who are constantly complaining and grumbling. No matter what their circumstance in life they always have a way of expressing their dissatisfaction -And then we have those who live lives of ingratitude. They do not complain, but they never thank God for His obvious blessings. A story is told of a family who heard that a person in their church gave a significant love offering to the memory of their son who died on the battle field. Now on the way home, the wife asked her husband. “Why don’t we give an offering for our son?” He said, “Why? our son wasn’t killed.” She answered and said to him, ” Don’t you think that’s a good reason?”
-Then we have those people who thank God for obvious blessings. When something good happens, they are grateful. Surely these are better than the two groups above. -And last of all we find the highest level of men who are grateful for all things at all times. Yes for these people, thankfulness is the secret of their happy and productive life. The Thankful heart counts his blessings, and carries his burden.
Sad to say, that ingratitude is one of the great flaws ( and sins) in the nature of man. And we dare say that most individuals are given to it. One of the most pathetic cases of ingratitude is seen in Jesus’ healing of the ten lepers – only one of them came back to thank Him for such a tremendous blessing. He obviously was disappointed for he said, in Luke 17:17 ” Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?” During the great depression days, which were desperate times for so many, there was a radio personality who had a program called ” Job center of the Air“. He did his best to find jobs for those in need and in fact, he did find jobs for 2500 people in the days when jobs were as “scarce as hen’s teeth“. He reported that out of that large number who received assistance, only ten ever took the time to thank him. What base ingratitude!
A story also is told of a man who remembered a school teacher who had been very helpful to him when he was a child. So, he sat down and wrote a letter expressing his thankfulness to her. She was in her eighties and living all alone. Upon receiving his letter she wrote to him: ” I can’t tell you how much your letter meant to me. You will be interested to know that I taught school for fifty years and yours is the first note of appreciation that I have received. It came on a blue, cold morning and filled me with cheer.”
Friends, if our ingratitude to man is bad, what about ingratitude to God? The chief enemy for thankfulness is self- which is the essence of all sins. This matter of being thankful has to do with the attitude of our heart. The child of God ought to be able to thank God every moment of every day on matter what may be his lot in life. ” Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…….”
The Bible says in the last days, “…. men shall be lovers of their own selves.” Now, that has always been true, for man is basically selfish. But it is increasing and intensifying like all other sins in these last days. But God’s people ought to take this time to express their thanksgiving to God for His Salvation and provision. Unfortunately, this sin like many others is becoming more and more evident in professing Christians. Thanksgiving for most professed believers in Jesus Christ is nothing more than a holiday, a time of feasting, ballgames, etc.
Dear friend, how grateful are you for God’s blessing and bounty? How grateful for that ” unspeakable gift.” Are you thankful enough to surrender your all to ” Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.”? In spite of the sad condition of our land today, how blessed of God we are? In his Thanksgiving proclamation, in the midst of that horrible war, Abraham Lincoln said: “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven…………. but we have forgotten God..”
If we are true believers in Jesus Christ, after all what He has done for us, our gratitude ought to be abundantly evident. “…. being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.” 2nd Corinthians 9:11 ” Oh, that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.” Psalm 107:8
Surely if we would take time to think more, we would undoubtedly thank more!!!
To All Our Listeners In Canada We Wish You A Blessed Thanksgiving Day !!!!
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff