Have you ever stopped to think about all the good things that God has given you? The simple fact of being able to read this is already a reason to give thanks. There are many people who cannot read and many others who cannot see. We are privileged! But if we are sincere, sometimes we focus more on our problems or the things that we do not have instead of expressing our joy and gratitude to God for all the good that is in our lives.
In the Bible we find many verses that inspire us and remind us of the many reasons why we should be thankful. Let’s look at some of them and live lives filled with gratitude to our loving Lord and Savior.
1. Attentive to the goodness and love of God
Praise the Lord because he is good, and his great love endures forever!
(1 Chronicles 16:34)
A grateful heart is filled with praise to God, especially in the face of the reality of his eternal love. God is not like the human beings we love today and forget tomorrow. God’s love is unconditional and lasts forever. No matter how many times we fail him, he remains faithful, loving us and willing to forgive. How can we not be grateful to such a love? Let’s stay alert, let’s not miss the opportunity to thank him for those details of love that he gives us every day.
2. Express our gratitude
Enter through its doors with thanksgiving; come into your courts with hymns of praise; give him thanks, praise his name.
(Psalm 100: 4)
Gratitude to God does not have to be something private between him and us. It is important to express it before others and, above all, when we meet with our brothers in faith. It is a privilege to be able to go to the temple to praise God together and share what he does in our lives. Our testimonies and expressions of thanks to God can be of encouragement and edification to others. Let’s not be shy about expressing our love and gratitude to God for his infinite kindness.
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3. Let’s put our trust in God
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The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts him; I get help from him. My heart leaps for joy, and with songs I will thank him.
(Psalm 28: 7)
We must thank God that he gives us the strength we need in the midst of any circumstance. God is also our protective shield against the aggressions of the enemy. We may never know for sure how many evils God has delivered us from.
We are not alone in the midst of difficulties, God is always by our side helping and strengthening us. Remembering that his presence is always with us should encourage us and fill our hearts with joy.
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4. Let us stand firm in his peace
Do not worry about anything; Rather, on every occasion, with prayer and supplication, present your requests to God and give Him thanks. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4: 6-7)
There are many circumstances in life that can cause us anxiety: illness, family problems, financial situations ... However, our gaze should not be on the circumstances but on Jesus and his power to transform them. We can bring our requests to him and thank him because he has helped us so far and we know that he will continue to do so.
We thank in confidence that God cares for us (1 Peter 5: 7). That knowledge fills our hearts with peace and affirms our faith. Our thoughts change when we focus on the power of God and not our problems and his peace flows freely helping us to see things from the divine perspective.
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5. Remember that God has already blessed us
Praise be to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly regions with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
(Ephesians 1: 3)
God’s heart rejoices when we praise him and thank him for all his blessings. There is no one more generous than God, he has given us everything that concerns life and godliness (2 Peter 1: 3) and our gratitude should never cease.
We bless and exalt God when we recognize all that he has given us through Christ. It is in him that we have salvation and by his grace we have received the spiritual gifts that he grants to all who receive him as Lord and Savior.
6. Recognize what God gives us
Every good gift and every perfect gift descend from on high, where the Father who created the celestial lights is, and who does not change like the stars or move like the shadows.
Days go by and we don’t stop to think what a great blessing it is to be able to breathe, see, hear, walk, speak ... There are so many things we do automatically because we are human beings and we are like that. But it is God who likes to give us health, family, friends, salvation through Jesus, and all the good that is in our lives. Let us not allow the daily grind and problems that arise to prevent us from having a grateful heart that recognizes all the blessings that are part of our lives.
7. Thankful for our salvation
Because by grace you have been saved through faith; This does not come from you, but is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.
(Ephesians 2: 8-9)
The best gift we have ever received is the salvation of our souls. God already granted it to us through the death of Jesus on the cross. He paid the price for our sins and thanks to his sacrifice we have been forgiven and reconciled to God (Romans 5: 1-2). Let us accept his gift by faith and allow God to transform us more and more according to his image. Let us never forget to thank the Father for the eternal life that he has given us in Christ.
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8. We represent Christ
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
There is a big difference between doing things out of obligation and doing them out of a grateful heart that seeks to honor and please God. Not only is it more pleasant for those around us, but we ourselves benefit in physical and spiritual health.
Doing everything in the name of Jesus means that we are his representatives to those with whom we interact on a daily basis. If they see Jesus in me, if I treat them as he wishes and do it from the heart, not grudgingly, I glorify him and act from a transformed and loving heart.
9. Gratitude even in the midst of difficulties
Give thanks to God in every situation, because this is his will for you in Christ Jesus.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
As children of God we always manage to find something for which to thank God even in the midst of situations that hurt or disconcert us. We know that everything works for the good for those of us who love God (Romans 8:28) and we go forward with confidence. It is not that we deny our pain but that in the midst of that pain we experience his peace and we know that he has a purpose.
Sometimes, looking back, we see that it was precisely in the most painful or difficult moments that we experienced the power and closeness of God most clearly. Let us keep our spirit attentive to the presence and goodness of God and let us not stop thanking him.
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10. We now belong to the kingdom of light
In this way they will patiently persevere in every situation, giving joyful thanks to the Father. He has empowered you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. He freed us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
(Colossians 1:11 b-14)
Gratitude helps us persevere and allows us to remember who we are in Jesus. Thanks to the work of Christ we belong to the kingdom of light, that is our inheritance from the moment we surrender our hearts to Jesus and receive him as Savior.
The darkness, with all its oppression, no longer has power over us. We have been redeemed through Jesus and his light illuminates our path in every situation. God helps us and guides us to act in accordance with the character and will of God. We have the best Advisor! Let’s take hold of all that Christ has already won for us and live the victorious life that is born of a forgiven and grateful heart.
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11. Hebrews 12:28
So we who are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us be thankful. Inspired by this gratitude, let us worship God as he pleases, with reverent fear.
12. Psalm 107: 1-3
Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good; his great love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he redeemed from the power of the adversary, whom he gathered from all countries, from east and west, from north and south.
(Psalm 107: 1-3)
13. Psalm 107: 8
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his great love, for his wonders for men!
(Psalm 107: 8)
14. Psalm 107: 22
Let them offer sacrifices of gratitude, and joyfully proclaim their works!
(Psalm 107: 22)
15. Ephesians 5: 19-20
Encourage each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and praise the Lord with your heart, always thanking God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Ephesians 5: 19-20)
16. Psalm 50:14
Offer your gratitude to God, keep your promises to the Most High!
17. Psalm 50:23
Whoever offers me their gratitude honors me; to the one who mends his conduct I will show my salvation.
18. Colossians 4: 2a
Devote yourselves to prayer: persevere in it with gratitude.
(Colossians 4: 2a)
19. Psalm 69: 30-31
With songs I will praise the name of God; with thanksgiving I will exalt him. This offering will please the Lord more than that of a bull or a calf with its horns and hooves.
(Psalm 69: 30-31)
20. 1 Chronicles 16: 4
David put some Levites in charge of the ark of the Lord to minister, give thanks, and praise the Lord, the God of Israel.
(1 Chronicles 16: 4)
21. Psalm 136: 1-3
Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good; his great love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods; his great love endures forever. Give thanks to the Almighty Lord; his great love endures forever.
(Psalm 136: 1-3)
22. 1 Corinthians 1: 4
I always thank God for you, because he, in Christ Jesus, has given you his grace.
(1 Corinthians 1: 4)
23. Psalm 106: 1
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good; his great love endures forever.
(Psalm 106: 1)
24. Psalm 106: 47
Save us, Lord our God; gather us again from among the nations, so that we give thanks to your holy name and proudly praise you.
(Psalm 106: 47)
25. Daniel 2:23
To you, God of my parents, I praise and thank you. You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we ask of you, you have made known to me the king’s dream!
26. 1 Corinthians 15: 56-57
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thank God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
(1 Corinthians 15: 56-57)
27. Psalm 147: 7
Sing to the Lord with gratitude; sing psalms to our God to the sound of the harp.
(Psalm 147: 7)
28. 1 Chronicles 29: 11-13
Yours are, Lord, the greatness and the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty. Everything is Yours, that is all in heaven and on earth. Yours is also the kingdom, and you are above all. From you come wealth and honor; you rule everything. In your hands are strength and power, and it is you who magnifies and strengthens everyone. For this, our God, we thank you, and we give praise to your glorious name.
(1 Chronicles 29: 11-13)
29. Revelation 11: 16-17
The twenty-four elders who were seated on their thrones before God prostrated themselves on the ground and worshiped God saying: Lord Almighty God, what you are and what you were, we thank you that you have assumed your great power and have begun to reign.
(Revelation 11: 16-17)
30. Jeremiah 33: 10-11
Thus says the Lord: “You say that this place is in ruins, without people or animals. However, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, which are desolate and without people or animals, the cry of joy and gladness will be heard again, the song of the bridegroom and the bride, and the voice of those who they bring thanksgiving offerings to the house of the Lord and sing: “‘Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, because the Lord is good, because his love is everlasting.’ I will change the fortunes of this country - affirms the Lord -, and it will go back to being as it was at the beginning ”.
(Jeremiah 33: 10-11)
31. Psalm 75: 1
We thank you, oh God, we thank you and we call on your name; Everyone talks about your wonderful works!
(Psalm 75: 1)
32. Colossians 2: 6-7
Therefore, as you received Jesus Christ as Lord, live in him now, rooted and built up in him, confirmed in the faith as you were taught, and filled with gratitude.
(Colossians 2: 6-7)
33. Ephesians 5: 4
Nor should there be indecent words, silly talk, or rude jokes, all of which are out of place; there is rather thanksgiving.
(Ephesians 5: 4)
34. 1 Timothy 4: 4-5
Everything that God has created is good, and nothing is despicable if it is received with thanksgiving, because the word of God and prayer sanctify it.
(1 Timothy 4: 4-5)
35. Psalm 105: 1-2
Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make your works known among the nations. Sing to him, sing psalms to him; speak of all its wonders.
(Psalm 105: 1-2)