CAN WE BE THANKFUL? {3}

3 .What should be the extent of our thanksgiving?   

(1Th 1:2 NKJ)                 

 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, 

A .Paul tells us our thanksgiving should be “always.”   

1 .Thanksgiving and prayers must be constant attitudes manifested all day long, seven days a week.   

(Rom 1:9 NKJ)

For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,   

(1Co 1:4 NKJ)   

4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 

(Eph 5:20 NKJ)       

giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

(Col 1:3 NKJ)   

We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,     

(1Th 3:6       

But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always have good remembrance of us, greatly desiring to see us, as we also to see you 

2 .this does not mean we are constantly praying, but that we are always ready to pray and alert for opportunities to pray     

(Col 4:2 NKJ)     

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;   

B .Paul also stresses that our thanksgiving should be inclusive, ” for you all.”     

1 .Paul did not leave anyone out in verse two, for you all.” every believer that is a part of a local congregation has been called into the body of Christ.       

2 .Therefore every  member is vitally important to every other member of the church. In each member of our church we can find reason for the praise on fact of his calling alone. Yet above this, we ought to seek to be able as well to give god praise for the spiritual qualities we see in each one.       

C .Paul further instructs us that our thanksgiving should be informed.   

1 .A  believer must exercise his memory as he gives thanks in prayer. 

(Rom 1:9 NKJ)   

For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,   

1 .thus we must constantly be filling our memory bank with the names and faces of fellow believers as did Paul.   

2 .A believer must also exercise his observation to feed his memory. 

We should detect how faith manifests itself in what others do, and find things in their worth imitating. some may be weary from doing their work for Christ’s kingdom. Others may be carrying heavy burdens of life. the word for “patience” is hupomone; It implies being hopeful despite the circumstances. seeing such patience causes our faith to increase as well.we must likewise remember all these needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ as we offer up prayers for them continually,thanking god especially for their faith and inclusion in the eternal life to come 

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