What does it really mean to be thankful? We talk about it a lot during this season, and we even make lists of the things we are thankful for. We know the Bible repeatedly commands us to be thankful. But why?
Here are some Reasons to be Grateful:
Gratitude is God's Will.
If you are seeking God’s will for your life, then act in obedience. The practice of thanksgiving changes our hearts, minds, and attitudes.
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 2.
Gratitude takes the focus off on us.
When asked what the great commandment in the Law was, Jesus answered"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37–39
Thanksgiving takes our eyes off of ourselves. And when we aren’t spending so much time thinking about ourselves we have more room to love others well. He goes on not only to say thanks to God for what he has seen in their lives, but he continues to pray for their deepest needs.
And ultimately thanksgiving is one way we love God with our hearts, souls, and minds. Thanksgiving puts the focus on Him and leads us to trust Him more fully.
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