The second paragraph of the United States Declaration of Independence begins with these words:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Nowhere in the Bible do we find these concepts framed in a political context. What we do find is that we have a Creator who loves us so much that He gives us Eternal Life, Liberty from the penalty of Sin, and Happiness in knowing that we can trust Him fully to provide us a home in Heaven. That Happiness is manifest as a peace that passes all understanding.
Our Creator grants us these benefits as a free gift. The gift comes by way of the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross to appease God’s Holiness and hatred of sin. He took the penalty for our sins onto Himself so we can escape eternal punishment in hell. If this isn’t love, and if this isn’t something to be thankful for, then I don’t know anything about love and thanksgiving.
A gift doesn’t become ours until we accept it. Our prayer for this Thanksgiving Day is that if you have never accepted the free gift of salvation from our Lord Jesus Christ, that today will be that day for which you can be truly Thankful! Happy Thanksgiving to all and may this be a day of true blessing and gratitude to our Creator for all that He is and does.
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