This post ‘From My Files’ is by Charles Box, who was the longtime minister for the Walnut Street Church of Christ in Greenville, Alabama. Many of his articles can still be found there. In his usual style, his articles are filled with Scriptures. This one was in my ‘Thanksgiving’ file, appropriately enough, and is entitled ‘I Am Thankful’.
Every day brings us more blessings and more reasons to give thanks. “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud” (Psalm 55:17). Out of God’s bountiful storehouse comes the daily blessings without number. Let us thank God “fro whom all blessings flow.” “Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).
I AM THANKFUL THAT GOD GAVE ME LIFE. “For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring'” (Acts 17:28).
I AM THANKFUL THAT JESUS DIED FOR MY SINS. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
I AM THANKFUL FOR THE BIBLE. “An you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
I AM THANKFUL FOR THE CHURCH. “For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body” (Ephesians 5:23).
I AM THANKFUL FOR MY FAMILY. Our mate and children are truly a gift from God. Much of the happiness of life comes from our family. (Psalm 127:3; Ephesians 6:1-4; Proverbs 18:22)
I AM THANKFUL THAT I HAVE A MEDIATOR. “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
I AM THANKFUL THAT JESUS UNDERSTANDS WHAT IT IS TO BE TEMPTED. “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
There is no sin uglier than that of ingratitude. The story of the ten lepers illustrates how ungrateful people can be (Luke 17:11-19). The Lord gave them what they most needed and only one was thankful. The bible says, “Be ye thankful” and all of us have so many reasons to obey these words!