Ephesians 5. Forum Discussion

Giving thanks to God

So far in our study of Ephesians, we have looked at:

  1. How God’s grace is lavished upon us (Chapter 1).
  2. How God loves us, even when we are lost (Chapter 2).
  3. The unfathomable riches of Christ (Chapter 3).
  4. How we show Jesus that we love Him (Chapter 4).

Today in Chapter 5, we are going to discuss being thankful to God. The above summary outlines some great reasons to be thankful to God. But there are many more!

When we think about God’s grace, it is easy to be thankful.

When we think about God’s love for us, it is easy to be thankful.

When we think about the unfathomable riches of Christ, it is easy to be thankful.

But just because it is easy to be thankful, that does not mean that we always give thanks to God as we should.

Consider the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers found in Luke 17:

“While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed. Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?”  And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.” – Luke 17:11-19.

In Luke’s account of the events described above, there were ten lepers that cried out to Jesus. “Have mercy on us” they shouted! And Jesus did have mercy on them. In fact, He healed all ten of them. You would think that being cured of a horrible disease such as leprosy would elicit ten responses of thankfulness.

But that did not happen. Of the ten lepers that were healed, only one turned back to give thanks.

90% of those that were healed from their horrible disease did not take the time to say thank you. Imagine how that must have felt to Jesus.

Jesus was constantly giving thanks to His Father. Here are just a few examples:

“I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.” -Mathew 11:25.

“Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted.” - John 6:11.

“Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted.” - John 11:41.

And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said,  “Take this and share it among yourselves;  for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.”  And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying,  “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” - Luke 22:17-19.

Clearly, we want to be like Jesus and not the lepers when it comes to giving thanks to God.

The more we practice giving thanks, the better we will become of it. All that we need to do is pause for a moment and think about something that God has blessed us with and say thank you.

One final thought. Most of us are not bashful or shy about asking for God’s help. Shouldn’t we spend the same amount of time thanking Him for the blessings that we already have as we do asking Him for things?

We will conclude today’s Bible study with a quote taken from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians.

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Thank you for joining us today.   Please join us again tomorrow as we conclude our study on the book of Ephesians. We will be looking at Chapter 6 and what it means to, “Put on the full armor of God.” May God’s blessings be upon you until then.   Amen

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If you would like to, please share something that you are thankful for today.

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I am thankful for the encouragement that I received from Ephesians chapter 5 from Paul’s example.

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i am thankful to learn about god
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i am thankful to learn about god

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i am thankful to learn about god
i am thankful to learn about god

being alive

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Helen Barnes
i am thankful to learn about god

What a mighty God we serve. I love His Word and His wisdom.

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Helen Barnes

I am thankful for I am in this group

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I am thankful for the beauty of God's creation, as shown in the attached picture. And thankful for the hope of tomorrow!

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