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1Thessalonians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

SHOWING GRATITUDE            Page 2

Showing Gratitude

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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 "to God"?

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 43

** Back in our text for today, how does Paul communicate his thankfulness to God?

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 God!

Paul repeatedly prayed for other Christians:

Romans 1:9, Ephesians 1:16, Philippians 1:3, Colossians 1:9

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