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Is Thank You A Biblical Work

Is saying "Thank you, and Yes please" a Work?

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Ask any lost person if they want to give thanks to God and the answer is no. Why? Because they do not have God in their lives. They refuse to even listen to anything about God, or Christ. In fact if you start talking about God in a group of unsaved people they will walk away, or accuse you of many things. Yet it could be that one person wants to hear more about God. That person needs to hear about Jesus is because God is already working in his life. For the lost do not seek after God. Rom. 3:9-12.
Many hear Jesus but not really hear. Only those with ears to hear, can hear Jesus. For He says,"My sheep hear my voice and they follow me" many do hear about Jesus but do not follow Him, because they do not have spiritual ears to hear.
---Mark_V. on 11/20/10


My support is for the Truth, where ever it is found. Honesty should always be a part of us. Many times there is people who want to deceive, but we have to be careful when we do judge something as wrong. Many are jumpy and do not trust others very much. Unless we have studied a subject completely we have no right to say it is a lie. Many here call the truth a lie when they reject the very word of God.
---Mark_V. on 11/20/10


Thanks Mark for supporting my honesty in my question!

It was not intended to be clever at all, I felt constrained by the number of words allowed and did feel that people would understand. as you did, what I was asking. But most did not.

You've addressed the "Thank you" part.

I don't regard saying "Yes please God, I'll have what Jesus offers" as being a work
---alan8566_of_UK on 11/18/10


Carla, it was clever how he posted it, but I do not think that it was to deceive anyone. When he said, "a Work" I immediately knew it was for salvation the work he was talking about. He could not possibly be asking, "is speaking a work done by the speaker?" It had to be connected to Salvation.

And the answer is no. Believers who give thanks are happy to give thanks for Christ coming into their lives. It is a reaction of love towards Christ who has saved them. Only believers give thanks, for unbelievers do not believe by faith in the Lord's works on the cross and resurrection. They are thankful to being who they are. Separated from God.
---Mark_V. on 11/18/10


Carla ... I really apologise for not making the question clear in the first place, but there was no intention to deceive, or to butter up, nor to be clever, nor to trick. Why do you think there was?

Incidently, why do you suggest that I have "buttered up" the question after it was called "clever" by someone else? If you read carefully, you will see I clarified the question BEFORE Cluny said that!

Mima ... It was one phrses I was asking about not two separate ones ... look at the quote marks
---alan8566_of_UK on 11/17/10




And word about saying thank you. While on the street witnessing more times than not the person who calls on the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer, will turn and say thank you, thank you. Once they realize what has happened and the assurance comes to their heart they can not do enough for you and since you're the only person they can physically see they many times say thank you!!!
---mima on 11/17/10


Expressing gratitude and appreciation and acknowledgement is a Behavior. A good person will bear these good fruits from their heart, and a inconsiderate or careless person will not bear these good fruits from their heart.
---Eloy on 11/16/10


\\I was really asking whether saying "Yes, please, & Thank you" to Jesus's sacrifice and Gift of salvation was a "Work" which thus disqualified one from that salvation.
---alan8566_of_UK on 11/8/10\\

perhaps you may like to say so in the first place there is no use buttering up to the question being cited as '' a clever question'' after the case has been misunderstood.


was it a trick question?...... don't get it?
---Carla on 11/15/10


When the Bible speaks of works of the lost it is speaking of anything a person does out of his own strength. God not included.
When a person claims he comes to Christ while lost he is proclaiming he is doing it out of his own strength. And God makes it clear that it is by His strength that they come to Christ. That's why works cannot save. "And you He made alive, who were "dead" in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, "the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,"
Believers have saving faith given by God by Grace, the works he does is by the strength of Christ who live in us.
---Mark_V. on 11/12/10


Work is when a person exerts himself to do something. Technically, moving the jaw and tongue to speak is work to a few people, but it is not the work mentioned in the bible.

Love, in and of itself, is not work, it's work only when you apply it. An example of work is when you feed, clothe, and give comfort to the poor and needy everyday. Do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," "comfort," and "encourag." Most christian can define love easily, but do not know HOW to do it.
---Steveng on 11/11/10




'thank you' as a polite gesture may/may not be a 'work'

'thank you' as a result thankfulness is not a work at all
---aka on 11/11/10


Cluny, when he posted the question, I already knew it was about salvation. I believe asking questions is the only way people can learn. It was clever though.

I see Jerry and a few others asking clever questions to get you to answer what their beliefs are, They first present the Law, to get you to the Ten Commandments, to get you finally to Saturday Sabbath. It almost never fails.
Alans questions are legit.
---Mark_V. on 11/10/10


\\I was really asking whether saying "Yes, please, & Thank you" to Jesus's sacrifice and Gift of salvation was a "Work" which thus disqualified one from that salvation.
---alan8566_of_UK on 11/8/10\\

Clever question, alan!
---Cluny on 11/10/10


Donna ... Yes the question was abbreviated!
---alan8566_of_UK on 11/10/10


Alanof UK... thanks for the clarification.
The question that appears on my computer screen is this, "Is saying
'Thank you',and 'yes, please' a work?"
Doesn't say to whom or why!
---Donna66 on 11/9/10


Sometimes you do things for people and they act as if you owe it to them. They never say thank you. You know, Jesus came across this evil, also. Ha, Ha, Ha. Ah, but, we keep doing, anyways.
---catherine on 11/9/10


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It was asked,
is saying"Yes, please, & Thank you" to Jesus's sacrifice and Gift of salvation was a "Work" which thus disqualified one from that salvation."
It does not disqualify a person from salvation. It is a works of man that comes from a broken heart, and is expressing itself in good works. Faith without works is dead. We are encouraged to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who worketh in us, both to will and to do of His good pleasure." And just because God is working in us, we strive to develope and to work out our own salvation (Phi. 2:12, 13). The Psalmist tells us that the Lord's people offer themselves willingly in the day of His power (110:3).
---Mark_V. on 11/9/10


More excellent way, you wrote such great answers. They rang loudly in my heart. You spoke really great on the love of God. Very well put, thank you so much.
---Mark_V. on 11/9/10


"This is the single greatest work, surrendering our hearts to God." - - - Pharisee.

Hmmm . . . I would say that is true. "And a thankful heart will say 'Thank you,' out of the abundance of that heart."

The world's people will say thanks because of selfish reasons, but we can thank people in order to encourage them. If we thank sinners for things that are good for us, this can show we are not stuck-up like we are too good to thank them.

And we have, "giving thanks

always for all things

to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ," (Ephesians 5:20) This comes with a submissive heart (Colossians 3:15) (c:
---Bill on 11/8/10


Donna 5535

Thanks for asking what my question meant!!

I was really asking whether saying "Yes, please, & Thank you" to Jesus's sacrifice and Gift of salvation was a "Work" which thus disqualified one from that salvation.
---alan8566_of_UK on 11/8/10


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Whatever we do to the Lord, we must do to one another both in love and thanks If we cannot give thanks to one another, how do you suppose we learn to give thanks to God?
---Steveng on 11/8/10


In everything we must and should give thanks it is common curtsey and not only that but manners. Manners is something that the old school black people always instilled in us as children, they always said manner will take you a long way, in terms of respect and good repertoire with the elders.

Please thank you, is just too much to teach these days that is why most children don't have any manners and respect for the elders.


Being grateful is godly manners and saying thank you to God is a good start to life in general.
---Carla on 11/8/10


alan, a work of what? I don't understand what you are asking but if you remember, Jesus healed 10 lepers and only ONE came back to thank Him.

What did Jesus say to the one who came back to thank Him?

He said, "Didn't I heal 10 of you? where are the other 9?" Only one was made whole because he went back and thanked Jesus.

Think about this - how many people who tell you, "thank you alan for that" would you want to bless AGAIN and AGAIN and OVER and OVER? "a thankful heart doeth good like medicine."
---Donna5535 on 11/8/10


Work-activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something. By that definition,yes,saying Thank You and Yes Please is work but if you mean spiritual work then I would say no. The reason for no is because even sinners can have good manners and be polite. To be "a" work it has to be motivated by the Spiritual heart change brought on with ones confession of sins to God and asking for forgiveness,then walking in newness of life. Manners are a learned thing,Spiritual works are a soul change from following the world to following God. With that comes the desire to please God and not to just be polite to impress man.
---Darlene_1 on 11/8/10


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It certainly is. This world owes you>>>NOTHING....Thank You.
---catherine on 11/8/10


No not normally but it could be used in such a manner as to be a work. I remember once telling a very ugly woman that she had beautiful hair(only thing I can think of) in order to get a passing grade in anatomy. This was 52 years ago. And I realized when I paid her the compliment that I was doing so for the sole intent of getting a passing grade, and lo and behold I got the passing grade.
---mima on 11/8/10


I simply don't understand the question.
---Juanito on 11/8/10


You really do not have to BEG or PLEAD for God to do what is good for you, but if you were brought up to be polite, it simply becomes a habit like saying "God bless you" when somebody sneezes (it's simply a NICETY, but really unneccessary).

"Thank you" is the same. There should not be any SURPRISE/unexpectation that God has done something good.

Like many customs/habits of earthly origin, these things have no RELEVANCE in the spiritual world (thankfulness and begging simply do not apply/exist in God's world).

In time, you will understand properly (let GOD teach you WHY).

Luke 6:35
"and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish".
---more_excellent_way on 11/8/10


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No, it's common courtesy. It's use (or lack of use) says a lot about a person. A "thank you" to someone who doesn't expect it is often a special little gift. If you hardly ever use "thank you" or "please" don't be surprised if people don't seem to respect you much. Even though these expressions are often a matter of habit (as they should be)
they can have great power when used sincerely.
---Donna66 on 11/8/10


Many lies, misunderstandings, and bad attitudes about God have always been taught (STRONG delusion is not a future event).

God is like a GOOD DAD that doesn't give a GIFT imperialistically. He will give the GIFT "graciously"....NOT expecting anything in return (not even "thank you").

Whenever we decide to help someone WILLINGLY/"cheerfully" instead of as a hypocrite (grudgingly), we will of course be giving "SELF" (our free time, surrendering "self"), but you must always remain WHO YOU ARE ("self" is important in order to relate to and identify with "I am who I am", Exodus 3:14, 15)....be "SELFish" and do good for "self" (Colossians 2:18,25).
---more_excellent_way on 11/8/10


According to the word of God..Ephesians 5:20 it is something we must go..to always give thanks.
---judy6696 on 11/8/10


my mom taught me that it is good manners,and a sign of respect.
---tom2 on 11/8/10


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I think it's just good manners. But I suppose that anything you do in appreciation for Christ's sacrifice enters this category. I was raised to speak this way, but does my heart always agree with my words?

NO, and in a case like that I'm going through motions. A thankful heart is indeed a product of a proper vision of God in our lives and us taking our rightful place in worship beneath him. This is the single greatest work, surrendering our hearts to God.
---Pharisee on 11/7/10


It's certainly common courtesy.
---Cluny on 11/7/10


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