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Thanksgiving

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Created by Sermon Research Assistant on Nov 16, 2023
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Explores the importance of gratitude, its grounding in God's love and mercy, and its role in recognizing God's grace in all circumstances.

Introduction

Welcome, beloved family of Christ. It's a joy to gather together in this sacred space, united in our love for the Lord and our desire to grow in His wisdom.

As we come together today, let's remember the words Charles Spurgeon, who once said, "It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness." This sentiment, so beautifully expressed, is a reminder that our joy, our contentment, and indeed our very lives are not determined by the abundance of our possessions, but by the richness of our hearts, overflowing with gratitude for the blessings we have received from our Heavenly Father.

Today, we turn our hearts and minds to the book of Colossians, specifically to chapter 3, verse 17, which tells us:

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

This verse, laden with wisdom, beckons us to view our lives through the lens of gratitude, to see every moment, every word, every action as an opportunity to give thanks to God.

Our sermon today will focus on three main points. First, we will consider how our gratitude is grounded in God. Second, we will reflect on the call to give thanks in all circumstances. Finally, we will contemplate the profound connection between God's grace and our gratitude, and how recognizing His grace in our lives can inspire a heart full of thankfulness.

As we prepare to delve into these truths, let's bow our heads in prayer.

Heavenly Father, we come before You today with open hearts and minds, ready to receive Your word. We ask that You guide our thoughts and open our eyes to see the many blessings You have bestowed upon us. Help us to cultivate a spirit of gratitude, grounded in Your love and mercy. May Your word illuminate our path and lead us closer to You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Now, let's open our hearts and minds to the word of God, and see what wisdom He has to share with us today.

Gratitude Grounded in God

When we think about gratitude, we often think about it in terms of the good things we have in our lives. We're thankful for our family, our friends, our jobs, our homes. We're thankful for the food on our table and the clothes on our back. But what happens when those things are taken away? What happens when we face trials and tribulations? Can we still be thankful then? The answer is yes, and the reason is because our gratitude is not dependent on our circumstances, but on God.

God's love for us is unchanging: It doesn't waver based on our actions or our circumstances. It's constant, steadfast, and unwavering. This is the foundation of our gratitude. We're not thankful because of what we have, but because of who God is. His love, His mercy, His grace - these are the things that fill our hearts with thankfulness.

Reread our verse: Paul writes, "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." This verse is a call to live our lives in a way that reflects our gratitude to God. It's a call to see every moment, every action, every word as an opportunity to give thanks.

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This is not always easy: Life can be hard. We face challenges and difficulties. We experience loss and heartbreak. But even in these moments, we can find reasons to be thankful. We can be thankful for God's presence in our lives. We can be thankful for His strength and comfort. We can be thankful for the hope we have in Him.

This kind of gratitude is not a one-time thing: It's not something we do once a year on Thanksgiving. It's a daily practice. It's a way of life. It's a mindset that sees every moment as a gift from God, and every breath as an opportunity to give thanks.

This kind of gratitude changes the way we see the world: It changes the way we interact with others. It changes the way we live our lives. When we're grounded in gratitude, we're not focused on what we lack, but on what we have. We're not focused on our problems, but on our blessings. We're not focused on our trials, but on God's love and mercy.

This kind of gratitude is transformative: It changes us from the inside out. It fills us with joy and peace. It strengthens our faith. It draws us closer to God. And it's all because our gratitude is grounded in God.

Giving Thanks in All Circumstances

As we continue to reflect on the wisdom of Colossians 3:17, we are drawn to the idea of giving thanks in all circumstances ... View this full PRO sermon free with PRO

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