Giving Thanks In Everything You Do

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Colossians 3:16-17

Continuing on with our thoughts about thankfulness in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday this week, we will today look at these verses in Colossians.

Like we saw yesterday in Ephesians 5:19-20, and like we see in several other places in the Bible, thanksgiving and thankfulness are connected with singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  A thankful person has a song in their hearts.  A thankful person is almost always “bubbling over” with thanks and praise to the Lord for all that He has done for them.  There is no room in the heart of a thankful person for griping and complaining.  If you have ever noticed, it is pretty much impossible to go around singing “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” with a rotten, unthankful, bitter spirit.  It just doesn’t work.  You can have one or the other, but never both.

Another thing that I noticed about these two passages is the fact that both dealt with the heart and what is going on inside of us.  The passage in Ephesians dealt with being filled with the Spirit.  (Ephesians 5:18)  This passage deals with letting the “word of Christ dwell in you richly.”  When you think about it, thankfulness is a heart issue.  Of course, according to Proverbs 4:23, everything is a heart issue.

What is in our heart eventually comes out in our words and actions.  If we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the fruits of the Spirit are going to come out in our lives.  We are going to be thankful.  When the “word of Christ” is dwelling in us, we are going to be thankful. 

Let us keep our hearts tuned into Him and let us allow Him to keep us thankful!

4 responses to this post.

  1. I want to do just that . . .allow Him to keep me thankful! And I love how everything is a heart issue. When we love Him with all our hearts, it makes so much possible that wasn’t before! God bless you and care for you today! deb


  2. Many thanks for the reminder, Ben.

    I like the way you put this “There is no room in the heart of a thankful person for griping and complaining.”. I think it supports St Matthew 12: 34 “The mouth speaks from an overflow of the heart”

    I pray God would be pleased when He performs my heart check today!



    • That’s it- what’s in the heart comes out through the mouth. I was thinking last night that unthankfulness, like many other things, is a result of pride. We start to think that we know better than God how things should be. We start trusting ourselves instead of Him. It always goes back to the heart. I like that idea of a “heart check”! (I need one of those often)


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