Thanks and Giving


On every 4th Thursday of the month of November, the United States of America celebrates Thanksgiving. It is enshrined as a tradition and as a law. This is the tradition that has been passed on the Filipinos when we were colonized by the Americans.

There are two words that we can see in the word “Thanksgiving”. These words are “thanks” and “giving”. This means that:

In 2 Corinthians chapter 9, Paul wrote about giving. He reminded the Christians in Corinth to give with joy. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Paul teaches us the following lessons:

First, our generosity will lead people to thank God.

In this same chapter, Paul is encouraging us to be generous to others. 2 Corinthians 9:11 says, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

When we give, especially to those who are in need, it will surely result into thanksgiving. And when people thank you, point them to thank God as well who is source of the blessing that that you have given.

In this way, they will realize that a godly life is a generous life. This in turn will remind them to accept God in their lives.

Second, our generosity will lead people to pray to God.

Not only people will thank God, but they will be closer to God through prayer. In addition, people who are touched by your generosity will pray for you.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:14, “And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.” People will be praying that God will bless you more so that you will continue to share your blessings to others.

So, in this Thanksgiving month, let us remember that Thanksgiving is not complete without saying “thanks” be to God, and by being generous through “giving”. | NWI