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  1. “Be Ye Thankful” • Colossians 3:15

  2. In the language of the Bible, it is clearly differentiated when the "you" refers to a single person or to a group. "Ye" was the Old English word used to carry the plural meaning.

  3. "Be thankful" refers to a state of being, a state of mind, an attitude.

  4. In Greek, "grace" makes up a part of the word for "thanks." • "Charis" is the word for grace; "eucharistos" is the word for thanks. Literally, the word for thanks means "good favor."

  5. If we're talking about "being" thankful, and not just "giving" thanks, we're now talking about treating everyone with favor; we are being gracious - it's a state of being rather than merely an action.

  6. "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." (Colossians 4:6) • Our speech should be "courteous and agreeable, not morose and melancholy." • Our speech should be "mild and courteous, savoury and gracious, wise and discreet."

  7. The contrast between life before, and life after Christ. • "Before Christ" there's sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language and lying. • (verses 5-9)

  8. The contrast between life before, and life after Christ. • "After Christ" there's compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, love, and peacefulness. • (verses 12-15)

  9. As an after-thought, or perhaps standing alone to give strong emphasis, Paul adds, "And be thankful." • In the two verses following this statement, thankfulness is mentioned again. • Verse 16 talks about singing "with gratitude in your hearts to God." • Verse 17 tells us to do everything "in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

  10. Why is it that gratitude and grace are not characteristic of many people? What gets in the way? • There are many "Be thankful" road-blocks.

  11. Eight "Be thankful" road-blocks • 1. Lack of training.

  12. Eight "Be thankful" road-blocks • 1. Lack of training. • 2. Pride.

  13. Eight "Be thankful" road-blocks • 1. Lack of training. • 2. Pride. • 3. Prejudice and discrimination.

  14. Eight "Be thankful" road-blocks • 1. Lack of training. • 2. Pride. • 3. Prejudice and discrimination. • 4. Anger and bitterness.

  15. Eight "Be thankful" road-blocks • 1. Lack of training. • 2. Pride. • 3. Prejudice and discrimination. • 4. Anger and bitterness. • 5. Suspicion and fear.

  16. Eight "Be thankful" road-blocks • 1. Lack of training. • 2. Pride. • 3. Prejudice and discrimination. • 4. Anger and bitterness. • 5. Suspicion and fear. • 6. Attitude of entitlement.

  17. Eight "Be thankful" road-blocks • 1. Lack of training. • 2. Pride. • 3. Prejudice and discrimination. • 4. Anger and bitterness. • 5. Suspicion and fear. • 6. Attitude of entitlement. • 7. Comparing ourselves with others.

  18. Eight "Be thankful" road-blocks • 1. Lack of training. • 2. Pride. • 3. Prejudice and discrimination. • 4. Anger and bitterness. • 5. Suspicion and fear. • 6. Attitude of entitlement. • 7. Comparing ourselves with others. • 8. Focusing on materialism.

  19. Roadblocks to gracious, grateful, living will always be there, but it is important that we make the effort needed to overcome them. The quality of our own lives as well as that of the people around us will be greatly improved if we do so.

  20. “GROW IN GRACE" • (II Peter 3:18) • "BE YE THANKFUL." • (Colossians 3:15)