Grace, Hope & Peace, Friend;
Why do we sometimes say, “Don’t mention it,” when someone thanks us yet, other times, we feel offended when someone does not say, “Thank you?” Have we been deceived into confusing thankfulness with obligation? If I say, “Thank you,” am I somehow acknowledging I owe you something in return?” Do I say “Don’t mention it,” so you don’t feel obligated to me?
God desires appreciation and since humanity was created His image, (Genesis 1:27) we like to be appreciated; But in the Law God gave Moses, He tied thanksgiving in with peace offerings. (Leviticus 7) Obligation can lead to resentment which disrupts peace, so the usual response to “Thank you” is, “You’re welcome.”
The free dictionary online defines “you’re welcome” as; A response to “Thank you” meaning “I was glad to do it and would do it again.” and “You are under no obligation for the courtesy or favor for which you are thanking me.”
God’s response to our ‘thanksgiving’ is “You’re welcome. I did it because I love you.”
God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
How can our response be anything but, “Thank you?”
Come, let’s sing for joy to the Lord, let’s shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Let’s come before His presence with a song of thanksgiving, let’s shout joyfully to Him in songs with instruments.
Abba, Avinu – Daddy, Father – Thank You.
Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You…”