Giving Thanks for Others
We have been blessed with special people in our lives. Oftentimes, we fail to recognize these people as blessings from the Lord. Yet, that is exactly what they are, and as such, we ought to thank the Lord for them. The apostle Paul provided a wonderful example. He thanked God for the believers at Rome (Romans 1:8), Ephesus (Ephesians 1:16), Philippi (Philippians 1:3); Colosse (Colossians 1:3), and Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 1:2). He realized that God had blessed him by allowing him to be associated with these believers and, therefore, he took the time to thank God for them. We ought to be thankful for the godly people in our lives as well. Yet, the Bible goes a step further by stating that we ought to give thanks "for all men" (1 Timothy 2:1).
- (For smaller children) God says give thanks for all men. How could we give thanks for policemen, firemen, doctors, teachers, etc.? How could we give thanks for our family and friends? How could we give thanks for those who are mean to us?
- When is the last time you thanked God for putting special people in your life? Have you thanked Him for your family, your friends, or your brothers and sisters in Christ?
- Have you thanked the Lord for the people in your life that seem to cause you trouble? Perhaps God uses these people to keep you humble. If so, you ought to thank God for them.
- Ask the Lord to help you be thankful for the people in your life.
- Take time to thank God for the people you know.
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