Thankfulness // Part 3
For the last couple of Wednesday’s, we have been speaking of the power of thankfulness. We have learned through a look at the original language that the root word for “thanks; thanksgiving” is the word “charis” which is the word for “grace”. We understand from our study of “grace” that it is not mercy – it is dispensed because of mercy but grace is an endowment of spiritual power. Since grace is a root of thankfulness, we understand that thankfulness is a product of spiritual power – when we are thankful, we flow in spiritual power and release it in our lives!
The most basic reason for thankfulness in the child of God is the love and favor of God which is evident in Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus’ death and resurrection has provided for us to operate from a place of favor with God.
Tonight, we are partaking of the most clear and powerful symbol of that favor – The Lord’s Supper/Communion. By taking these elements that represent the Body and Blood of the Lord, we are proclaiming our faith in Jesus and rejoicing in our covenant with Him. Down through history, many in the church called these element “The Eucharist”. Last week, we learned that “eucharist” means “to speak well of grace”. Why does the Bible say:
Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. /// 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Because we remember that we have a covenant with God. No matter the current circumstances, we are living from a position of favor with God! This tells us that the Word of God is the last word in our lives.
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? /// Romans 8:32 (NIV)
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18
- Romans 8:32 (NIV)
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