John MacArthur on Giving Thanks 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Later this week, most of us here in the U.S. will gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. While the world’s view of the holiday is bound up in food, football, and Black Friday savings, believers ought to know better. Certainly we can enjoy those aspects of the day as well, but not at the cost of cultivating a heart of true gratitude for the Lord’s abundant blessings in our lives.

On this day in particular, we must not ignore the apostle Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” As we have previously written in this space, the holiday is essentially an extended gospel opportunity.

Frankly, nothing pleases Satan more than the way the world celebrates Thanksgiving: a perfunctory word of thanks to a mysterious, unknown god, followed by a festival of gluttony…

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