Thanksgiving is just a little over one week away. I would like to do something a little different. Over the course of the next week, I would like to have a lesson a day in Thanksgiving.
Our memory verse is
“Rejoice Always. Pray Constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus”.
Matthew Henry, who wrote the entire commentary on the Bible in 1700s, was once robbed.
He later said this:
“I am so thankful for what happened when I was robbed. He said I am thankful that was the first time he had ever been robbed. Second, I am thankful that they took my money, but did not take my life. Thirdly, I am thankful that though they took my money, I didn’t have very much. Finally, I am thankful that I am the one that was robbed and not the one doing the robbing. There is always something to be thankful for.”
The first lesson in Thanksgiving is that Thanksgiving purifies our conversation.
Ephesians 5:4 says
“Obscene and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks.”
The passage is saying that the more we fill our conversation with thanksgiving, the more it will purify our conversation. You can’t give thanks and complain at the same time. You can’t give thanks and gossip at the same time. Adding toothpaste to our toothbrush will result in a cleaner mouth. So will giving thanks.
Try this lesson today.