1 thessalonians 5:18 sermon
ITS DIFFICULTY. (1) Our fancied knowledge of life. Nature and art have found out many helps and signs — bells, musical instruments, feasting, etc. THE SUPREME MOTIVE. "No, not for that," said the king. In the great Giver's hands lie gifts of many kinds, and to the scantiest dole of this world's fare we oftentimes see added that richer boon — a grateful heart. I waited for some moments, and then urged her to go on. We may say sincerely, henceforth I resolve to trust God in everything. (a)Not spiritual (Psalm 147:20). Beecher. These are a few of His mercies; but oh! Then expressing our thanks. The only way to conquer evil habits is to put good ones in their place. (2) Who think upon Him, but are not thankful to Him. Realize that as true of your life, and if every moment and trifle of our history are under the Father's providence, for what shall we refuse to be thankful!2. They cannot joy in the graces of their brethren. It was a bare and lonely dwelling; the home of a woman who was childless, old, and poor. God's will has binding authority enough, but the winning word is added, "In Christ." THE EXTENT OF THE MATTER.1. Family mercies: parents that were kind when you were helpless, and wise when you were foolish; the endearing associations of early days; the gentleness of kindred, who, if a little more remote, were scarce less tender than father or mother were; the amenities and joys of your present home; the household lamp and the household hearth, with all the fond familiar faces on which they shine; the voices which make blythe music in your dwelling; the lives which you have got back from the gates of the grave, and those glorified ones whom you would not wish to bring back; with all those numberless indoor delights, those visits of kindness, and advents of gladness, and solacements of sympathy which He, whose home was heaven, loved to witness or create in the homes of earth. Mercies in the disguise of affliction. L. L. Hull, B. A.These words form the last of a series of apparently impossible precepts — perpetual joy, perpetual prayer, united in a life of perpetual thanksgiving. All this, and Jesus too!" "This is the will of God." WE OUGHT TO BE THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING PAINFUL AS WELL AS PLEASANT. is not based upon our circumstances, but is a fruit of the Holy Spirit THE SUPREME MOTIVE. There is an old story of a young man who was walking along a road, full of life, but very poor, when, observing a carriage driven by containing an old man, he began to repine, saying; "Oh, what a life I lead! How thankful the Psalmists were for the scanty portion of the Word of God possessed by them: how much more grateful should we be for a completed revelation.3. Why do we not trust God sufficiently to thank Him in every lot in life?1. Constantly we are taught our ignorance, yet constantly we assume to know. In all the works of His provident administration — public blessings — our country's good.3. A man doing something that he is accustomed to will stand well the cares and anxieties which daily burden his mind. Thus far we have considered that a Christian who is growing )The duty of thankfulnessJ. Some are very selfish. A. Broadus, D. D.)Thanksgiving to GodS. If it were worse it would be no more so than our sins make us deserve. In the great Giver's hands lie gifts of many kinds, and to the scantiest dole of this world's fare we oftentimes see added that richer boon — a grateful heart. "Grounds for thankfulnessJ. These are a few of His mercies; but oh! W. Beecher.If one should give me a dish of sand, and tell me there were particles of iron in it, I might look for them with my eyes, and search for them with my clumsy fingers, and be unable to detect them; but let me take a magnet and sweep through it, and how it would draw to itself the almost invisible particles by the mere power of attraction! Constantly we are taught our ignorance, yet constantly we assume to know. (3) The more thankful you are for mercies received, the more ground you have to expect more.(Bp. Who can estimate the blessings of friendship; and if your friend has gone to God, few mercies call for more thankfulness than a friend in heaven.4. THE METHOD OF ITS ATTAINMENT.1. The humble moss rises into a graceful tree; the beetle, armed for battle, flashes in golden or silver mail; a grain of sand swells into a mass of rock; and, on the other hand, a mountain looked at through the wrong end of a telescope sinks into a molehill, and the broad lake contracts into a tiny pool.
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