Our culture today teaches us to want more, better, and faster. We are trained to want the next great thing. However, how many times do we stop, sit back and gives thanks for our present situation and blessings (no matter how small)? The Scriptures urge believers to maintain a spirit of thanksgiving in all circumstances. Gratitude, thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive. Showing gratitude realigns our hearts with the understanding that “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen” (Romans 11:36) Through a spirit of thankfulness we are reminded that we need Him and we trust God for everything!
Here are reasons why we should give thanks, not only this month, but every waking moment of the day:
It makes us rich. The practice of gratitude brings natural wealth and prosperity by freeing us from the snare of comparisons and unrealistic expectations. You can’t be grateful and discontent at the same time. Through the spirit of thanksgiving, we praise Him for what we have. Ultimately, the more you are thankful, the more blessings you will see.
Gives us joy. We experience joy unspeakable joy when we think about God’s goodness. The sun will seem brighter. You’ll see a difference in your walk. Most importantly, the things you think you lack, will shrink in size as you discover the joy that God has given you through his many blessings. Just look around….all that could have happened to you didn’t manifest in your life and that is enough to be thankful for.
There are consequences to ingratitude. When people are ungrateful, they tend to complain. What benefit do you receive from complaining? Furthermore, it displeases God when we do so. “And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it” (Numbers 11:1). You have to learn to position yourself for His gifts to you. What good is it for Him to bless you with the BIG things, when you can’t be thankful for the little things.
Whether we exhibit gratefulness is in our control. And the best thing is when we are grateful, we invite happiness to come immediately.
Scriptures of Gratitude
For a more in-depth study on a spirit of gratitude, read these Bible verses:
- Psalm 100:1-5
- Philippians 4:4-12
- Colossians 3:15-17
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
- Hebrews 12:28
Discover What You Are Grateful For
1. Write 10 people you are grateful for.
2. Write 10 things about today you are grateful for.
3. Write 10 things about the gospel you are grateful for.