Ephesians 1:16 – “I do not cease to give thanks for you….”
What are you thankful for? The Bible gives us numerous examples of things that we should be thankful for. We should be thankful for life, for health, for the promise of heaven, for our salvation, for the fact that we have had our sins forgiven, for the faithfulness of God, for our inheritance, and even for our food. Paul also shows us that we should be thankful for the people that God has blessed our lives with.
He tells the church at Ephesus, “I do not cease to give thanks for you…” Of course the church is made up of people so what he is saying is he is thankful for those people. The word that he uses there means to “actively and freely” be grateful. So he is grateful for them and he expresses that by letting them know. He isn’t just thankful, but he acts on that gratitude by letting them know how thankful he is. He is thankful for their prayers, their partnership and their love and he lets them know.
Who are you thankful for? Express that thanksgiving to God, after all He is the one who blessed your life with those people. The Bible says “every good gift” that we have in our lives is from God, and that includes the people that we have in our lives. Those people are gifts from God, so we should be thankful for them. Thankful for their love, the relationships that we share with them, our conversations, our time spend together. Thankful for times that we have spent worshipping and serving God together. We should be thankful and express that thanksgiving to God, and we should let those people know that we are thankful. Let them know they are loved, let them know what they mean to you, let them know that they make your life richer. Take time to actively express your gratitude to them as you do you will certainly be giving them encouragement and encouragement is a powerful thing. So take time to rejoice today, and take time to rejoice in the people that God has blessed your life with. Pray for them and be thankful for them, as you love them for the glory of God!