It has been defined as the divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses, and to impart strength to endure trial and resist temptation; and as an individual virtue or excellence of divine origin.
Thanksgiving is a regular feature in the writings of the Epistle Paul. Here, in speaking with a non-Christian Paul offers to thank The Lord on their behalf, which he does importantly not in a manner that utters words of hopeless condemnation. Paul, in his wisdom and generosity, is not blind to their good qualities, in their potential for redemption. Rather, he extends his hand, and asks for their spiritual enrichment through Christ. God still touches the lives of those who do not even heed his name. As with the Epistle Paul, it is not for us to pass judgment or rancor on unbelievers, but rather it is up to us to offer our prayers, our thanks, or goodwill to The Lord upon their behalf, so that each and every one might have the opportunity to find their own salvation.
And we pray:
God Almighty, give me strength and courage to pray for those around me who do not yet know Your name. For those who need Your Word LORD, help me turn them towards the light. Help me not turn them away with condemnation, but do Your work in spreading acceptance and benevolence. Grant me God, the generosity of spirit and the kindness of heart, to help grow our congregation. Give me all this, Lord, so that voices of the many may multiply, and the psalms offered up to your name may grow. Amen.