The Habit of Thankfulness - 1 Thess. 5:18 By John A Broadus
Well, how do we form other habits?
If you wish to establish the habit of doing a certain thing, you take pains to do that thing, upon every possible occasion, and to avoid everything inconsistent therewith.
Now, then, if you wish to form the habit of thankfulness, just begin by
being thankful -- not next year, but tonight;
not for some great event or experience, but for whatever has just occurred,
whatever has been pleasant, yes, and we did say, for whatever has been painful.
You certainly can find some special occasion for thanksgiving this very night.
And then go on searching for matter of gratitude, and just continuing to be thankful,
hour by hour, day by day.
Thus the habit will be formed, by a very law of our nature.
But remember that good habits cannot be maintained without attention. ...MORE
Giving Thanks To God- Psalm 116:12
Thanksgiving day is not set aside in order that we might concentrate
all our gratitude within that day and take God's gifts for granted the rest of the year.
Someone has suggested that we should change Thanksgiving Day into a day
of grumbling and complaining, and spend the other 364 days of the year
Where Are The Nine? - Like 17:17
Have we emerged from the leprosy of ancient wars and recent battles,
cleansed by the Master's own hand, blessed by His countenance,
raised by His goodness, lifted by His providential care,
saved by His vicarious love -- only to forget?...More
Why Is Thanksgiving Important? - 1 Thessalonians. 5:18
Unless we are thankful, we're not emotionally healthy.
Or, to put it another way, we're out of touch with reality.
All of us owe so much to other people -- people to whom we should
occasionally express it...More.
Ingratitude - John 1:11
We have the sweet flavor of divine love in our mouths, and yet, we desert
the banquet table of the Lord.
This is gross ingratitude!
This is a definite slap at the precious gifts of God's grace... More
Look For The Blessing! - Psalm 118:24
When a day dawns that seems filled with more problems than possibilities.
When we begin to look for the blessing, we might say something like the words
of a spiritual, "I don't want to move a mountain, Lord, just give me grace to climb".
Murmuring- Matthew 21:28-31
Let us hope we never lose this word from our vocabulary because when
you pronounce the word, "murmur," or "murmuring" over and over again,
you can sense the power and action of what is happening.
Murmurings are the half-suppressed grumblings, the contemptuous complaints
said in a corner.
They are the critical side comments. ...More
It's A Good Habit! - 1 Thessalonians. 5:18
The giving of thanks is a habit to be learned rather than some spontaneous
and accidental thing.
It is a habit that can be learned.
Some of us have never thought of constant, habitual thanksgiving as being
a habit that God wanted us to have....More
Reasons to Rejoice - 1 Peter 1:3-9
Thanksgiving and rejoicing come naturally to a people of faith.
Thanksgiving and rejoicing are at the very heart of a growing relationship with God.
When we live a life of dependence upon God, we learn to rejoice
in whatever circumstances we find ourselves....More
When Thanks Are Not Enough!- Luke 18:9-14
Thanks are not enough when the basis of our trust is only in ourselves.
Phillips translates this verse: "He gave this illustration to certain people
who were confident of their own goodness."...More
Whole-Hearted Gratitude - Luke 17:15,16
God also appreciates it when we tell Him that we know that all that we have
has come to us by His grace, generosity, and love.
God would have us have the humility to admit that without His goodness
and kindness toward us life wouldn't be worth living....More
Times For Thanksgiving - 1 Thessalonians. 5:18
Let us look at some of the times that we can give thanks.
We can give thanks in difficult circumstances because God will use those times
to surround us with His love.
We must see how intense God's love is for us....More
Grace Of Gratitude- Luke 17:15,16
If you haven't learned to say "Thank you," then you're improverishing the world
you live in, and you are improverishing your own soul....More
Sacrifices Of Thanksgiving - Psalm 107:21-22
This psalm rises to the sublime heights of inspired song.
Nowhere in all literature can it be matched for its spontaneous surge
of thankfulness to God.
Its vivid imagery depicts the varied course of human pilgrimage,
and the wise Providence of a merciful God.
It sounds both notes of warning and encouragement, and exhorts
God-fearing people to tell others of His goodness and unfailing love....More
We Thank God! - Psalm 100
It is with grateful hearts, mindful of the beauty of nature all about us,
and the greatness of the leaders of the past; thankful for the work of the world
that must be done, and conscious of what we owe our friends and loved ones,
we can add our voices to all those who thank God for their blessings....More
Where Is Thanksgiving?- Luke 17:17-19
Can't you imagine Jesus looking out over this congregation and crying out,
" I gave forgiveness for their sins, and gave them life forever in heaven,
but where are John and Bill and James and Mary and Betty and Jane...?"
Let us not be found thankless!....More
Thanks Be To God! - John 6:25-35
Thanksgiving has become a holiday in which we tend to congratulate ourselves
for all we have accumulated.
We live in a self-help, self-made society where self-reliance is exalted.
People are valued for what they produce, rather than who they are.
Gratitude is essential to us as Christians.... More
Be Thankful -- Regardless! - Habakkuk. 3:17-19
Yet, even in the worst of times there is so much for which
we can be grateful.
It is easy to thank God in the times of abundance;
but we must also give thanks when things are not so good.
So, be thankful -- regardless!... More
Thanksgiving Every Day! - 1 Thessalonians 5:18
These words have something of the impossible about them.
They call us to heights which seem to be too rugged and steep for our feeble feet.
That is probably why many of us never think of taking this great passage seriously.
We simply bypass it... More.