14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Here in these verse lie the truths of being thankful. We need to watchful, do not slacken up…promise Jesus will light our way, He is our light. We need to walk honestly and truthfully before man and God. We need to make good use of our time everyday to what the Lor has blessed us with. We need to know the will of God for our lives…They are here in the next few verses: Don’t go to extremes to please the Lord, don’t please the flesh, but be continually filled, restored day by day, in the Spirit. Speak to one another and yourself in encouraging ways…Speack truth in love, peace, joy, mercy, longsuffering…in love. This will please the heart of the Lord and when His heart is pleased (happy, content) so will ours be. We need to give thanks all the time in what so ever state I may be….This is for God’s sake. And we are to do all things in the name of or for Jesus. The next one is a biggy!!!! Submitting, giving ones self to another completely. This is not talking about spouse to spouse, but to one another. We are to give ourselves to one another because of the reverence and awe we have for God. As we submit and give ourselves to one another we are submitting to the Lord. In doing these things we as are asked in these verses we will find ourselves being thankful. Why or How???? As we do these we will find our eyes, focus and a life attitude of one of a servant. Jesus was a servant to us. Servitude will bring a gratitude of heart like we have never known. To serve one another is a joy. Joy breeds thankfulness.
I pray and trust you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
God bless you, until next time…May you experience the Hope we have in Jesus through His wonderful grace He freely supplies to us. What an awesome gifts to be grateful for.