~ Today’s Scripture Thank You Notes Set is designed to build others up as well as write God’s Word on your heart. ~
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Have you ever noticed how many Bible verses tell us to give thanks?
I’m not talking about the ones that say to be thankful.
I mean the ones that say give thanks.
Think about that word “give.”
It’s an action verb, as you can see here …
Psalm 7:17 (ESV): I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.
Psalm 9:1 (ESV): I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 28:7 (ESV): The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
Just to name a few.
The word “give” is not only an action, but a choice.
We can give thanks for someone or we can give thanks to someone.
It just dawned on me that giving thanks is a step up from being thankful.
Let me show you what I found.
Jesus gave us examples of that step up – He gave thanks.
Matthew 15:36 (ESV): he [Jesus] took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
Matthew 26:27 (ESV): And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,
All of us?
Yep. If we are followers of Jesus, we should give thanks too.
Luke 22:19 (ESV): And he took bread, and when he had 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.”
Let’s notice the part of the verse we usually zoom right by, since He is telling us to do as He did.
Yes, we are to have the Lord’s Supper, but let’s not pass by the giving thanks part.
He literally gave thanks.
It was spoken.
As a gift.
Paul got it. When speaking of Jesus, he didn’t leave out the giving thanks part.
1 Corinthians 11:24 (ESV): and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
And to prove that Paul got it, he did as Jesus did.
Paul gave thanks.
He even sent thank you notes like these …
1 Corinthians 1:4 (ESV): I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus,
Ephesians 1:16 (CSB): I never stop giving thanks for you, as I remember you in my prayers.
Paul also wanted to make sure that we noticed that giving thanks is better when spoken or written.
1 Corinthians 14:16-17 (ESV): Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up.
In other words, don’t just think it, SAY it!
Why did Paul think giving thanks is better than being thankful?
Because it builds up.
You can probably recall a time when someone gave you a thank you note that built you up.
Maybe you even saved it.
On the other hand, maybe you can recall a time when you gave a thank you note and as you wrote it, it built you up.
It goes both ways!
And that realization has even more meaning when we note that Paul was in prison when he wrote those thank you notes.
His “giving” encouraged him as well as the people he gave it to.
So, I want to give you two things today.
First, I want to thank you for reading! It truly means a lot to me to dig into the Word together.
Philippians 1:3 (ESV): I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
Second, I want to make it easy for you to send thank you notes.
Not just any thank you notes.
Scripture Thank You Notes
I have put together this bundle of 4 printable Scripture thank you notes so you can print them on demand.
And your demand should be high, because …
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV): give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
The will of God.
Just think, with this Scripture thank you note set, you’ll never have to buy thank you notes again!
Before we get started writing, I want us to notice one other quick thing besides the nuances in the word “give.”
Many times the Bible shows us that Paul gave people something along with his thanks.
Did you catch it in the verses above?
1 Thessalonians 1:2 (ESV): We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers,
He prayed for them!
Now that’s my kind of thank you gift – as well as a wonderful example for us to follow.
So let’s get on it!
Who can you build up today?
*My prayer for you is … that this blog will inspire you to open your Bible every single day to seek God’s face and write His Word on your heart – because HE’S the key to lasting heart change!
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