(Colossians 3:17, I Thessalonians 5:18) Remember the “magic words” we teach our children: please and thank you. Those words remain effective as long as we live, not only in regard to our human relationships, but also and especially in relationships with God. There are three aspects to consider. Receiving with thanks. “Thanks” is not payment for anything. It is only a statement of appreciation and gratitude for what one has received. Giving with thanks. A gratuity (a “tip”) is a way of saying thanks. It is not part of the bill and is not required. But when something extra is…Log in or Register to save this content for later.