2 .For Paul, thanksgiving is also a duty.
A .”We give thanks to God always for you all”
1 .Paul expresses thanksgiving as simply something he does
(1Th 1:2 NKJ)
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers,
(2Th 1:3 NKJ)
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other,
(2Th 2:13 NKJ)
But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,
B .Paul connects the duty of thanksgiving with prayer,
“We give thank to god always for you all making mention of you in our prayers.”
1 .We must thank god for others’ benefits and blessings as well as for ourselves. in order to do this we must have others. on our minds as we go to prayer.
2 .If we practice this form of thanksgiving,it will revolutionize our own lives and our relationships with others.
C .Paul elsewhere stresses the necessity of thanksgiving. he attributes the darkness of the heathen world to a lack of thanksgiving. and praise
(Rom 1:21 NKJ)
because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.