GUIDELINES FOR A LIFESTYLE OF THANKFULNESS
I THESSALONIANS 5: 16 - 18
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JESUS CHRIST had a word for unthankful people. He was very
select in choosing the proper descriptive word for ingrate. In
addressing the ungrateful farmer, whose bumper crop overfilled
his barns, Jesus said to him, "Thou fool..." The Greek word
employed by Dr. Luke (12:20) was APHRON, meaning "the lack of
common sense perception," or signifying "without reason." It is
simply reasonable to be thankful.
Our predecessors knew this and set aside a special day, called
Thanksgiving, for the purpose of acknowledging thanks to God.
President George Washington issued the following presidential
proclamation in 1789:
"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the
providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for
His benefits, and humbly implore His protection and favor--and
Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint committee
requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a
day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by
acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of
It sounds like our first president knew the difference between
separation of church and state and the employment of Biblical
principles by a Christian statesman.
Jesus said it is "mindless," the practice of a "fool" not to
give thanks. Therefore, to be wise, we should employ regularly
the three principles stated in our text. The three we relate to
are all internal aspects of inner life. We must have:
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