1 Thessalonians 5:18 - How To Be Thankful Always.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) Give thanks in
all circumstances, for this is God's will for
you in Christ Jesus.
I've always struggled with this verse,
whether I encountered it in my Bible reading or sang
it as a chorus in church. Really? In
everything, give thanks? Everything?
I've always been a "glass half empty"
kind of gal and have always been able to think of
plenty of things for which I wasn't the least bit
thankful. I secretly thought it was kind of
unreasonable for God to expect this of me or others whose
lives were much more difficult than mine.
Through the years the verse niggled at
me. I still offered thanks out of obedience,
wishing I was better at it.
It's been gradual, but I've changed. I
read the Bible and saw how Jesus lived. His
gratitude was so natural as to be almost invisible to
me. Jesus was often heard thanking His Father
and I couldn't imagine Him doing it
half-heartedly. Jesus loved God and was sure of His love in
return. He never lost sight of it.
I don't always like my circumstances, but
I now recognize that I'm unqualified to judge
them. Jesus has shown me the Father. I've finally
seen His uninterrupted, never-ending love for
And now I can't keep quiet or thank Him
enough! by Suzanne Davenport Tietjen
Consider reading Psalm 136 aloud in a
modern translation like The Message before your
Thanksgiving meal. (If you're eating with children, they
love to say the "His Love never quits" refrain.)
Let the repetition drum the truth of God's love
into your heart today. [Mornings With Jesus 2018
Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan]
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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred