II. WE MUST SHOW GRATITUDE TO OUR FAMILY AND (CHURCH) FELLOWSHIP.
Never forget the sacrifices of your father and mother. Children and students need to be taught to express gratitude for their parents, teachers, Sunday school teachers, preacher and his wife, etc.
Someone said, “If gratitude is shown at home it will be seen abroad.”
Teach your children to say, “thank you, please.”
There are some examples in the Bible on gratitude, but so many more on ingratitude. (Teachers, study some examples).
We need to practice follow up thankfulness. We need to show gratitude for our friends, family and fellowship.
III. WE OUGHT TO SHOW GRATITUDE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL TO OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.
1 Thessalonians 2:13, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing.”
Praise and thankfulness is a command.
Ephesians 5:18, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Psalm 67:3, “Let the people praise Thee O God; let all the people praise thee.”
Isaiah 42:12 “Let them give glory unto The Lord, and declare His praise…..”
Hebrews 13:15, “By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”
Read Luke 17:11-19 again.
Verse 11 It is “passed through the midst of Samaria.”
Verse 12 “Lepers stood afar off:” by law they could not get near anyone.
Verse 13 That is why they lift up their voices.
Verse 14 “Go shew yourselves unto the priests.” The law required the Priest to check for healing, and to reinstate them in the community. It took an act of faith to go…all had faith, but, not all were thankful.
Verses 15-16. I believe this one was not only healed, but saved.
Verse 16 “and he was a Samaritan.”The most unlikely are often found to be most grateful.
Now, there are several groups of people to whom we ought to express our gratitude and thankfulness on a regular basis:
I. TO OUR FRIENDS AND FELLOW MAN.
One of the greatest sins is not to give thanks to a friend who has done a kind deed for us. Don’t lose your friendship to someone because of one injustice, when he has done a thousand kindnesses for you. Don’t turn on the one that won you to Christ, because he may disappoint you one time. Don’t leave your church because your pastor has done a thousand things to help you and one to hurt you. The same is true for your friend.
Dr. Jack Hyles said:
“Happy is the man who has a friend, happier is the man who is a fiend, happiest is the man who has a friend and is a friend.”
“Do not try to gain a friend, just be a friend.”
“A request from a friend is a royal command.”
“To please a friend is a welcome bonus; to help him is a great reward.”
“It is easy to be grateful for a bonus; it is character to be grateful for a salary.”
A good way to start building the friend relationship is to: “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”Romans 12:15.
Friendship is a very serious and sacred thing; it should be treated as such. We ought to express gratitude to our friends and fellow man.
- Christian Giving is completely voluntary, and a test of sincerity and love 2 Corinthians 8:8-12, 9:1-2, 5, 7.
- Christian Giving is a privilege and according to ability: Whether rich or poor…8:1-3, 12-15.
- Christian Giving is proportionate to income: 8:12-14.
- Christian Giving is rewarded both in this life and Heaven:
- God promises Joy and Happiness. 8:2.
- Christian Giving is rewarded both in this life and Heaven:
A. God promises the ability to give more. 9:7-11.
B. There will be thankfulness to God. 9:12.
C. God will be glorified. 9:13-14.
Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men…”
I. GRACE MANIFESTS ITSELF IN SALVATION.
(Lots of scripture, but maybe save for future reference).
Ephesians 2:1-8. Romans 3:24, “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” Read Romans 4:4-16.
II. GRACE MANIFESTS ITSELF IN SERVICE.
Romans 6:15, “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”12:6, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of faith.”15:15-16, “Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God.”
“That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.”
1 Corinthians 1:3-7 “Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and [in] all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:”3:10, “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.”
1 Corinthians 15:10, “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which [was bestowed] upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”12:10, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
TOMORROW, WE WILL CONCLUDED WITH # 3
2 Corinthians 8:1-15
GRACE: GOD’S RICHES AT CHRIST’S EXPENSE…or Grace is “the kindness and love of God toward man.” “not by works of righteousness which we have done…”
- The Law demands righteousness from man. Grace gives righteousness to man: Romans 3:21, “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets.”3:22, “Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”
- Law is connected with Moses and works; grace with Christ and Faith: John 1:17, “For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
- Law blesses the good; grace saves the bad: Ephesians 2:8-9.
- Law demands that blessings be earned; grace is a free gift: Romans 4:4, “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”