The Gift of GRATITUDE
Experiencing the Therapy of Giving Thanks
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thess. 5:18
I. The Blessing of the BODY (Rom. 1:8)
In almost every _________ Paul wrote, he gave thanks to God for those in the Church. cf. Rom. 1:8; 1 Cor. 1:4; 2 Cor. 1:11; Eph. 1:15-16; Phil. 1:3-5; Col. 1:3-4; 1 Th. 1:2 Notice that Paul gave thanks “to _______ through Jesus Christ” for the believers in Rome. cf. Rom. 1:8 By far, the most common thing that Paul gives thanks for in believers is their _________!
Paul was thankful for believers whose faith was genuine, growing and ___________. cf. 2 Tim. 1:3-5; 2 Th. 1:3 FYI – Many of these letters containing Paul’s gratitude for other believers were written from __________! Paul even gave thanks for the _________________! In addition to their faith, Paul was often thankful for a Church’s ________ for one another. cf. 2 Th. 1:3
“I love mankind, it’s people I can’t stand!” Lucy Van Pelt
II. The Test of FELLOWSHIP (Phil. 1:3-5)
For the Philippians, Paul gave thanks to God for their __________________ in the Gospel. (koinonia) “Fellowship” is a deep ____________ of something in common with someone. cf. Acts 2:42; 16:13-15
“It is possible to be close to people physically and miles away from them spiritually.” Warren Wiersbe
We share the ___________ and the Holy Spirit in common together. cf. Phil. 1:5; 2:1; 1 Jn. 1:3, 6-7 Fellowship was first & foremost among ___________. i.e. we are one Be Careful – the World is filled with ____________!
- “Your faith is being proclaimed…” – Rom. 1:8
- “Your participation in the Gospel…” – Phil. 1:5
- “Your love for all the saints…” – Eph. 1:15-16
Appointments with God
“The Gift of Gratitude”
1 Thess. 5:18
Monday, December 20th
Meditate upon the Coming Ruler of Israel:
- Micah 5:2
This is one of the hundreds of O.T. prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah. Note the phrase “from the days of eternity.” Praise God for His eternality & eternal life.
Tuesday, December 21st
Meditate upon the Coming of the King:
- Zechariah 9:9-10
Note the contrast between “King” and “humble…mounted on a donkey.” Spend time thanking God for Jesus’ humility in “emptying Himself” by becoming a man to die on a cross for you!
Wednesday, December 22nd
Meditate upon the Birth of Jesus in Luke:
- Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20
This is one of the birth narratives in the Gospels. Make as many unique observations from this account as possible. Praise God for the Glory & the Humility of Jesus’ Birth!
Thursday, Decmeber 23rd
Meditate upon the Self-Emptying of Jesus:
- Philippians 2:1-11
Note that the context of this passage is the fellowship & oneness of believers. Why is Christ’s “attitude” so significant? Pray for this same attitude in your life.
Friday, December 24th
Meditate upon the Pre-Eminent Christ:
- Colossians 1:15-23
Note as many characteristics of Jesus as possible. Is He God or isn’t He? Humble yourself before Him in confession & call upon His power in prayer.
Saturday/Sunday, December 25-26
Meditate upon the Lamb who is WORTHY:
- Revelation 5:1-14
Spend time praying verses 9-10 and 12-13 back to God. God loves to hear us proclaim how precious His Son, Jesus, is to us. Talk to Him about it.[audio:http://www.marshalltownefc.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/42-The-Gift-of-Gratitude-Romans-1_8-and-Phil1_3-5.mp3|titles=42 The Gift of Gratitude (Romans 1_8 and Phil1_3-5)]