A Week of Thanksgiving, Day 6

O death, where is thy sting? O grace, where is thy victory?  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I Corinthians 15:55-57

Thanksgiving week is a good week.  It’s nice to have a time when people really think about a virtue like thankfulness.  Wouldn’t it be nice if other virtues had their own days?  We could have a Forgiveness Day in which we thank the Lord and others for forgiving us of the stupid things we’ve done and in which we could make it a point to extend forgiveness to those who may have wronged us.  Or we could have a Holiness Day, in which we really concentrate on drawing closer to the Lord.  Those would be nice, but I digress.  Thanksgiving is enjoyable and I have enjoyed looking at a few of the verses that tell us about being thankful.  This is the last one that we will look at and, in my opinion, gives us one of the best reasons to be thankful.

“Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  That gives us the whole Thanksgiving season in one sentence.  It gives us the object of our thankfulness: “Thanks be to God…”  It gives us the reason for our thankfulness: He “giveth us the victory.”  And it gives us the source of everything we have: “through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  We have it all right there.  We are to thank God for our victory over sin and death that has come through our Lord Jesus Christ.  If we can’t find a reason to be thankful after reading and meditating on that, we will never be thankful.  Everything else in life for which we usually give thanks (health, family, friends, possessions) are all just an extension of this victory given to us by the Lord.

Thanksgiving may be over for this year, but let it never die in our hearts!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Praying that we just keep on being thankful too, Ben! God bless you and thanks again for this series this week! It’s been great!

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