The Thanksgiving holiday helps us think about and give thanks for our friends. Thanksgiving assists us in realizing how important they are to us.
Paul was particularly thankful for his friends and fellow Christians in the letters he wrote. We can feel the depth of his love for them. We can sense the closeness he felt even when he was not with them. We should think carefully about what he said as we remember our own friends during this holiday.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers…I always pray with joy…It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart…Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 1:3-7; 4:4, NIV)
“…I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” (Ephesians 1:15-16)
“We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ…Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances…” (I Thessalonians 1:2-3; 5:16-17)
“We ought always to thank God for you…and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.” (II Thessalonians 1:3)
“I thank God…as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers…I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.” (II Timothy 1:3-4)
“I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers…” (Philemon 1)
Let us give thanks for our friends. Let us always remember them in prayer. Let us think of the things we admire about them and thank God.