Nov 272014
 
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The Thanksgiving Holiday will come and go for many who do not possess a genuine heart of understanding. To the same this special holiday is one that is only material — filling the belly with delectable and numerous portions of eats.

To those truly “thankful,” the Thanksgiving holiday is meant to be much more than an early weekend break from employment, the enjoyable comfort of friends and family, the holiday feast and left-over weekend cold turkey sandwiches.

 Source for the artist's picture of the "1st Thanksgiving" celebration - The First Thanksgiving and the story about why the Pilgrims came to America - http://oldironsides-thesilentmajority.blogspot.com/2010/11/first-thanksgiving-and-story-about-why.html


Source for the artist’s picture of the “1st Thanksgiving” celebration – The First Thanksgiving and the story about why the Pilgrims came to America – http://oldironsides-thesilentmajority.blogspot.com/2010/11/first-thanksgiving-and-story-about-why.html

Those who are truly thankful for blessings of body and soul instinctively know the difference between feeling grateful and actually being thankful.

Please access The Christian Message link [below] – and place before yourselves the spiritual and most important dimension of “Thanksgiving Day:”

“Thankfulness,” – a grace [given] from the Triune God – thechristianmessage.org

Excerpts:

……….While reading the Christian New Testament chapter of Romans 1:1f and (especially Romans 1:21), I have again concluded that being a thankful person, does not come naturally…………..

……..There is a difference between being grateful and being thankful………..

…………But being thankful and living a life full of thankfulness takes on a different scope. In order to be truly “thankful,” – (1) it presupposes the actual “giving of thanks.” And, (2) in order to be “thankful” – it presupposes that there is someone to be thankful toward. Are we to pat ourselves on the back for that which we are thankful? Or, if we stop and think for a moment, is there someone far greater than we, for which we can actually express our thanks?……….

http://www.thechristianmessage.org/2011/11/thankfulness-grace-given-from-triune.html

Related to the above:

Psalm 136 “Thanksgiving to God for His Enduring Mercy” – NKJV – biblegateway.com

Excerpts:

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever….

….To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, for His mercy endures forever….

….To Him who divided the Red Sea in two, for His mercy endures forever….

….But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, for His mercy endures forever….

….To Him who struck down great kings, for His mercy endures forever; and slew famous kings,
for His mercy endures forever….

….And gave their land as a heritage, for His mercy endures forever;a heritage to Israel His servant,
for His mercy endures forever. Who remembered us in our lowly state, for His mercy endures forever;
and rescued us from our enemies, for His mercy endures forever; Who gives food to all flesh,
For His mercy endures forever.

Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven!For His mercy endures forever.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+136&version=NKJV

Posted by:

Pastor emeritus Nathan M. Bickel

www.moralmatters.org

www.thechristianmessage.org

  2 Responses to “The Difference Between Being Grateful And Thankful”

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and God Bless!

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