Chapter One, Lesson Two
SHOWING GRATITUDE Page
V. 2 ** In our study last week, we watched Paul, Silas and Timothy
as they were "Sharing Greetings" of grace and peace for
the Thessalonians. How does Paul now follow up that greeting?
"We give thanks to God always for all of you..."
Paul was compelled to give thanks to God for what He had done in the
lives of others.
cf. 2Thessalonians 1:3
"We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as
is only fitting" The word translated "ought" is opheilo
and means "to owe". It refers to a debt which must be paid,
which is why Paul continues with (axios) "as is only fitting".
That word means "of weight, of worth, worthy.
** Why is it so important for Christians to give thanks specifically
Scriptures commands that we do!
Colossians 3:15-17 "giving thanks through Christ"
Ephesians 5:20 "always giving thanks..to God"
Romans 1:21 "sinners fail to give thanks"
** According to our text, for whom was Paul, Silas and Timothy thankful?
"...for all of you..." The strong Christians, the baby Christians,
the weak Christians
** How often are Christians to be giving thanks to God for each other?
"...always..." This is an established pattern of thanksgiving,
which is not deterred by circumstance.
cf. 1Thessalonians 5:18, (All see) Psalm 107:1-2, 8, 15, 21-22, 31 and
** Back in our text for today, how does Paul communicate his thankfulness
By "making mention of you in our prayers". A truly thankful
Christian will have a strong prayer life to vent that thankfulness.
They will overflow with an "attitude of gratitude" towards
Paul repeatedly prayed for other Christians:
Romans 1:9, Ephesians 1:16, Philippians 1:3, Colossians 1:9
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