#106 Seven Things About Grateful and Thankful
I am Fred Myers the founder of For the Fathers Ministry, and this is Faith by the Numbers.
Count your way to wisdom in number one-hundred and six of this series, Seven Things About Grateful and Thankful.
Grateful and thankful may seem like two words that have the same meaning, but there is only one use of the word “grateful” in the Bible. The word “grateful” in the Bible has the meaning of “to have”, or “possession”. Used in the sense of “to already have a possession” that cannot be taken away. The root of the word “grateful” meaning “to have something” is used many times in the Bible to denote possession, but the word “grateful” to denote “thankfulness” is only used once, and this is in the Book of Hebrews. Christians are to be “grateful”, or “thankful” for already having received a Kingdom that cannot be shaken.
But, the word thankful is in the Bible many times, and it is an attitude and an action that the Bible commands. Thankful is used in the same manner as “confess”, “praise”, and “acknowledge.
Why even note that there is a difference? The difference is significant. God knows that goodness and charity flow from thankfulness. Confessing, acknowledging, and praising God and others for what you have creates a thankfulness that brings out the humility of life.
Seven Things About Grateful and Thankful:
- Paul is thankful that others give thanks on his behalf.
- Paul is always thankful for others.
- Paul is thankful to God for others.
- Paul urges everyone to be thankful for all people.
- Thankfulness is a constant in Paul’s life.
- Paul does not cease to be thankful.
- The Psalms say we are to give thanks to the Lord with all our heart for all God’s deeds.
Grateful is a word of quiet possession, while thankful is a word for vocal expression by confessing, praising, and acknowledging God. Giving voice to a good and loving attitude of joy for all things. The Bible requires you to give thanks for your possessions
And blessings, and to also be thankful that others have what they have. Today be more than grateful, be biblically thankful …confessing, acknowledging, and praising God from whom all blessings flow.
I am Fred Myers, and this is Faith by the Numbers.
It is my prayer that many will count their way to wisdom through this series and find the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Heb 12:28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe…
1 Ch 16:8 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
2 Co 1:11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
Col 1:3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you…
1 Ti 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 1 Ti 2:2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
Eph 1:16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
Ps 9:1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
Published on Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 4:11 AM CDT