It’s easier to overflow or spill over with Thankfulness when you know why God put you here on earth and you are in sync with God’s purpose.
Thanksgiving: Family, Friends, Food, Football
A comfortable home, a working car, a favorite toy; gun, atv, tv. . .
God gives us these things for our enjoyment.
But here is the one thing God gives man, that truly gives a rich meaning to everything. Jesus!
[Mar 10:45 ESV] For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."
[Rom 6:23 ESV] For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If you ever broke any of the 10 commandments even once, you sinned against God.
God is Good / He is Just, He is obligated by His nature to punish evil. Your evil and you with it.
[2Co 5:21 ESV] For our sake He (God) made Him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him (Jesus) we might become the righteousness of God.
[1Jo 4:10 ESV] In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
You must trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ as your only reason why God would let you into Heaven.
Jesus paid your evil debt to God. Jesus was punished for your rebellion, Jesus was killed for your hatred of God.
[Act 2:37 ESV] Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"
[Act 2:38 ESV] And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The greatest reason to give thanks & how to express Thanks to God!
[Col 3:1 ESV] If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
[Col 3:2 ESV] Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
[Col 3:3 ESV] For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
[Col 3:4 ESV] When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
[Col 3:5 ESV] Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
[Col 3:6 ESV] On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
[Col 3:7 ESV] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.
[Col 3:8 ESV] But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
[Col 3:9 ESV] Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
[Col 3:10 ESV] and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
[Col 3:11 ESV] Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. (True Unity in Diversity)
[Col 3:12 ESV] Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
[Col 3:13 ESV] bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
[Col 3:14 ESV] And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
[Col 3:15 ESV] And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
[Col 3:16 ESV] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
[Col 3:17 ESV] And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.