Beloved in Christ Jesus, why must we give thanks to God? A thankful life shows that we believe and confess that God is the Source of all blessings. The Bible says, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) We should be thankful to God in all things, both in good times and in bad. Not just when things are going well or smooth only. When we are allowed to experience problems or suffering, remain thankful, because everything will bring good to us. Surely God is good, yes! He is good indeed for in Him there are joy, peace, happiness, a sure hope, a good future and so forth. And the greatest thanksgiving is because we have been saved. Bible invites us to remain thankful even in adversity because adversity is beneficial to the formation of our character.
Beloved of Christ, let not our lives be like the nine lepers; after they received their healings from God they walked away and forgot the goodness of God. May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you all in this morning’s worship. Amen!