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With Thanksgiving coming up, it seemed appropriate to see how the New Testament speaks about thanksgiving for the Christian. "And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body, and be thankful." (Colossians 3:15) And in the context of singing, in Colossians 3:16 we are told to do it with thankfulness in our hearts. Thanksgiving is not a one day celebration for the Christian. "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks through Him to God the Father." (Colossians 3:17)
Notice that this thankfulness is to unite us into one body. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all on e in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28)
There are different responsibilities for men and women in the New Testament, but thankfulness is required by all of God's children. "As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now living built up in your faith just as you were instructed and overflowing with thanksgiving." (Colossians 2:6-7)
Thanksgiving Day is important to our families, but Christians should offer thanksgiving to God daily as we anticipate a heavenly home. "For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come. Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name." (Hebrews 13:14-15)
Even though Paul was in prison, he could still write how our thanksgiving can establish peace in our hearts to God.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)
Isn't that what we all want?