Why is thanksgiving important?
Psalm 106:1 – Praise theLORD. Give thanks to theLORD, for he isgood; his love endures forever.
When the purpose of a thing is not known then abuse is inevitable. So today we will exploring the reasons why it is important to give thanks. The following are some of the reasons we should give thanks to God :
The bible admonishes us to do so – 1 Thessalonians 5: 18 – in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Note, it says ‘in everything’ not ‘for everything’. We give thanks in everything because we know our situation will turn out for our victory.
It is our act of worship and obedience
To appreciate and value God and people – Luke 17:14-19 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
It is our proof of acceptance of favour done for us – Psalm 103:1-2 – Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
It is an act of faith in the fulfilment of a promise made –
It creates an atmosphere of joy and strength
It is as a seed that is set in motion for great harvest
It is one of the ways to establish the Lordship of Jesus over our situation
Who should we thank?
God – 2 Corinthians 2:14 – Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
People – individuals or group – Romans 13:7 – Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
For further Study
1 Corinthians 15:57
Personal declaration for the day
You will enjoy favour with man and God because of your attitude of gratitude and will not lose influence rather, you will multiply your influence in Jesus’ name.
Questions for you to reflect on:
What determines when you give thanks?
Who should you give thanks to and why?