WE ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE THANKS ALWAYS TO GOD. (6) Mercies in hand and mercies in hope. Thirdly, this is a most sweet and delightful duty: as the performance of it proceeds from good humour and a cheerful disposition of mind, so it feeds and foments them both. It is employment. 1. How are we to account for this? Manton, D. D.)The duty of giving thanks to GodBishop Harvey Goodwin.I. 2. THE OBJECTS OF THANKSGIVING. V. Robinson, B. A.Every Christian life is like a psalm. All the dispensations of God should be regarded as the acts of a Father, and therefore as demanding our thanks. )Varieties of praiseP. Another element in this blessing of work is its honourableness. Thankfulness is the harmony of contentment and aspiration.2. "Giving thanks always for all things" is obviously as comprehensive a charge to give thanks as could possibly be devised; and I wish to remark that the peculiar force of the word "always" seems to be this, "under all circumstances." But the difficulty would be diminished if we thought less of our own feelings and more of the gifts and deeds of God's goodness. As we learn the secrets of that pity in the heart of our earthly father we become acquainted with God. It is employment. 3. Above my summer hut one year was a mountain stream, which I often visited. 3. Our natural feeling would (I think) be this, that if we came to ask any favour or mercy at the hands of God, we should rightly do so in the name of Him, through whom alone our petitions can be granted, but that the same thing would hardly hold good, if we came to pay the tribute of praise and thanksgiving to God; in asking we should feel that we needed a mediator, in giving (however small our gift might be) we should scarcely imagine that the same need existed. Above my summer hut one year was a mountain stream, which I often visited. III. "For all things." Another element in this blessing of work is its honourableness. "All things." Neglect of this law is death. In the first place, I would have you notice that St. Paul speaks of giving thanks "UNTO GOD AND THE FATHER." "For all things." He then paused a little, and with great serenity in his countenance quoted those triumphant words, "'Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation.' 3. 3. This duty implies a due esteem and valuation of benefits; that the nature and quality, the measure and quantity, the circumstances and consequences of them be well expended; else the gratitude is like to be none, or very defective. This throws a remarkable light upon the nature of thanksgiving. Freedom from all the sins and dangers we might have fallen into. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. We are born into it, we die in it. We are born into it, we die in it. Hereby is required that we do often actually meditate on, be sensible of, confess and celebrate the Divine beneficence. — You are to bless God for personal and relative blessings. (4) Positive mercies and privative mercies. B. 5 1 Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Stonehouse, seeing the great difficulty and pain with which he spoke, desired that he would spare himself. It is a world whose courtesies are those of love. But there is a blessing in our homes greater than either its seclusion, or comfort. This throws a remarkable light upon the nature of thanksgiving. Manton, D. D.)The duty of giving thanks to GodBishop Harvey Goodwin.I. I am neither merchant, nor student, nor craftsman, nor politician. God is the Father of the universe, and the Giver of all the blessings which we receive, and which we behold around us. But here and there, in its descent, it came to solitary spots, quiet basins of stone, where all the hasting and furious turbulence was at an end. Specific instructions for Christian living - Ephesians 4:1-6:10. Lastly: "giving thanks always" imports that we readily embrace every opportunity of actually expressing our thankfulness: for so in some places of Scripture, what is enjoined to be done continually, is in others only required to be done on all opportunities. — You are to bless God for present and future mercies. )LinksEphesians 5:20 NIVEphesians 5:20 NLTEphesians 5:20 ESVEphesians 5:20 NASBEphesians 5:20 KJVEphesians 5:20 Bible AppsEphesians 5:20 ParallelEphesians 5:20 Biblia ParalelaEphesians 5:20 Chinese BibleEphesians 5:20 French BibleEphesians 5:20 German BibleEphesians 5:20 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)If it be a cheerful, thankful obedience (Romans 12:1; John 14:15).(T. Ephesians 5:20 “giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father” “Giving thanks”: This is a common appeal in Paul"s letters (Colossians 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18). It exacts no etiquette except that which expresses the heart. Home is a blessing so common, and we have been all our days so familiar with it, that few realize the full riches of blessing which it is in our life. 5. The Lord heard the voice of his praise.(C. And therefore, says the Apostle Paul, "Let us offer by Him the sacrifices of God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.". Marriage Lived to the Glory of God. )The music of the Christian lifeW. This universal particle comprehendeth all kinds of mercies, spiritual and temporal mercies. "Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him." "No," said he, "doctor, no. For friends and privileges and just laws and liberties; for our native land and our memories of heroic ancestors; for Christian principle and the Christian Church; for life and strength and reason; for our bodies fearfully and wonderfully made; for our place in society, our opportunities for good, our means of usefulness, our knowledge, insight, and growth; and for faith, hope, and charity in ourselves and others.I. There is not the least of the Divine favours, which, if we consider the condescensive tenderness, the clear intention, the undeserved frankness, the cheerful debonairity expressed therein, hath not dimensions larger than our comprehension, colours too fair, and lineaments too comely for our weak sight thoroughly to discern; requiring therefore our highest esteem and our utmost thanks. )Praise at all timesA. It is a world whose courtesies are those of love. I am simply a member of the home circle, a citizen of "that country which every man loves." The range of Christian thankfulness becomes, in this way, very wide. In my home I am at ease, and free to be myself. When favour is shown us we should learn righteousness. One of the directest blessings of labour is its healthiness. 1. But there is a blessing in our homes greater than either its seclusion, or comfort. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. One of the directest blessings of labour is its healthiness. To open the duty. Derived from: Ephesians 5:19-33 King James Version (KJV) 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; And I will begin by naming the homeliness of home. It is to be done in the name of Christ. Fuller.Praise is the believer's help in his trials, and his companion after trial. Ephesians 5:20: Praise At All Times: A. Fuller. But the "giving thanks always for all things," this it is which we would specially press upon your attention. Another element in this blessing of work is its honourableness. "For all things." Some of the best discipline of life is there. St. Paul says, "giving thanks ALWAYS"; the word "always" is sufficiently strong and comprehensive in itself, and becomes additionally so by being joined to the words "all things." How entirely it surrounds us. Jehoshaphat's army sang praises before the battle. In the first place, I would have you notice that St. Paul speaks of giving thanks "UNTO GOD AND THE FATHER." But here and there, in its descent, it came to solitary spots, quiet basins of stone, where all the hasting and furious turbulence was at an end. )Varieties of praiseP. Fuller. 4. The parables of the fireside are as Divine as those of Christ. He then paused a little, and with great serenity in his countenance quoted those triumphant words, "'Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation.' In Ephesians 5:20 the Apostle Paul tells 1) When (Ephesians 5:20a), 2) For what (Ephesians 5:20b), 4) To whom (Ephesians 5:20c), and finally 3) How the Spirit–filled believer is to be thankful (Ephesians 5:20d).. 1)When are we to be thankful?—always. Sign up to receive regular emails from MLJ Trust, Questions? Gratitude delights to express its feelings and sentiments. David sang praises in the cave; Daniel, when the trap was set for his life, prayed and gave thanks three times a day as usual: and Jesus, when He would raise Lazarus, first lift up His heart in thanks to the Father; and before He went to supper, first sang a hymn. (Bishop Harvey Goodwin. We give thanks for favours received from them, and obligations we are under to them. Stonehouse, seeing the great difficulty and pain with which he spoke, desired that he would spare himself. Is our thanksgiving right? Paul gives thanks and prays for the Ephesians - Ephesians 1:15-23. A suspected leaky vessel we try with water first, and then with wine. A mother's love is a Jacob's ladder by which we ascend to the love of God. God putteth no trust in His saints; the heavens are not clean in His sight. Other considerations may be briefly added: viz., that this duty is of all others most acceptable to God and profitable to us, inducing Him to bestow more, and qualifying us to receive it. Nevins. But again; St. Paul in the text gives a very wide range to thanksgiving, when he speaks of "GIVING THANKS FOR ALL THINGS." We should be like those trees that bear fruit (more or less) continually; but then more kindly and more abundantly when more powerfully cherished by the heavenly warmth. (Luke 16:11.) It exacts no etiquette except that which expresses the heart. As we learn the secrets of that pity in the heart of our earthly father we become acquainted with God. 2. But here and there, in its descent, it came to solitary spots, quiet basins of stone, where all the hasting and furious turbulence was at an end. )A day of thanksgivingC. But if we believe that God is blessing us in them we should thank him as one would thank a surgeon for even amputating a limb to save his patient's life. (4) it cureth spiritual pride when we consider who is to be praised for all the good that is in us. Yet, strange it is, we have the spectacle forced on us continually, of men who would blush to be thought ungrateful to their fellows, utterly unconscious that they owe anything to God, and untouched by the numberless benefits which they are every moment receiving at His hands. "Always." The Lord heard the voice of his praise.(C. Ephesians 5:20. Other things being equal, it is the busy who are healthy. (3)If it be a cheerful, thankful obedience (Romans 12:1; John 14:15).(T. Sometimes it leapt from crag to crag, brawling in a confused way over the sudden breaks of rock in its march. In a country like ours, we could make no selection of common mercies in which THE BLESSINGS OF EMPLOYMENT were left out. Showers and streams, flowers and trees, bird and beast and creeping things, the wide sea and the lofty hills, sunshine and starlight, light and darkness, clouds and rainbows, waxing and waning moons, seasons and days. A mother's love is a Jacob's ladder by which we ascend to the love of God. and then, leaning his head against the side of the easy chair in which he sat, he shut his eyes and fell asleep.(Romaine. To this God, to this great, to this only Benefactor of ours, we owe this most natural and easy, this most just and equal, this most sweet and pleasant duty of giving thanks. 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