so that…thanksgiving

2Corinthians4-15

November, the month of focusing on the things we are thankful for, so what better purpose to take a closer look at than, well…thanksgiving. First a word from God’s Word.

In  2 Corinthians 4 the writer reflects on some of the paradoxes of a life of faith in this way: “hard pressed on every side, but not crushed;
perplexed,but not in despair;

 persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed.”

And all for what we often ask ourselves when the truths of faith and the circumstances of our lives seem to be in conflict. Well, take a look down a verse or two to our purpose verse for today:

 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace
that is reaching more and more people
may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

For the overflow of thanksgiving to the glory of God that’s why. I know, as well as you, that being pressed in on feels crushing, being perplexed often leads to despair, persecution often feels like abandonment, and being struck down is often experienced as destruction. AND yet, in these difficult circumstances, God’s word points us to a purpose, so that…
God’s grace, that is reaching more and more people (even us more deeply) may cause thanksgiving to overflow. Imagine if the highways and byways of life were overflowing with thanksgiving, regardless of our circumstances, rather than being polluted by what comes out when we are overcome by our circumstances.

These verses and image have me wondering:
How is receiving the gift of God’s grace intertwined with expressions of thanksgiving?
In what ways do we express overflowing thanksgiving, even in spite of our circumstances?

More scriptures on thanksgiving:
1 Chronicles 16:8; Psalm 7:17; Jeremiah 30:19; Colossians 2:7; 1 Timothy 4:4;
Revelation 7:12

Songs/hymns about thanksgiving:
Come Ye Thankful People Come
Thank You
Every Good Thing

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