We have so much to be thankful for! Circumstances should never dictate whether we should be thankful. Years ago, I was asked to speak at two churches in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. One was in a very poor section of the city where a family worked as a street sweeper for 2 to 8 a.m. every morning. The church met in a very small two room hut with wooden floor. There wasn’t any furniture, so we sat on the floor. The other church was in the city dump. The believers there made their living by recycling items from the dump. They had built a small crude hut for the church to meet and sleep. Here we climbed a makeshift ladder above the debris below. In both places, their joy put me to shame as they sang songs of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord.
What can we be thankful for? “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart” (Romans 6:17). “Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15). Deliverance from the slavery and power of sin gives us much to be thankful for! This deliverance came to us through God’s “inexpressible gift”, His Son! “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved--” (Ephesians 2:4–5).
Will you take some time today and thank God for His amazing gift that frees us from sin and give us eternal life through His Son?
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