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. 


"In everything give thanks: for this is the 
will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." I 
Thessalonians 5:18. This command is an assurance that even 
the things which appear to be against us will 
work for our good. God would not bid us be 
thankful for that which would do us harm. MH255 


Can You Really Be Thankful in All 
   No matter what you ask God for, you need 
to ask with an attitude of gratitude. You can 
ask God for whatever you need, but do it with a 
thankful heart for what he's already done. 
   The Bible says, Give thanks in all 
circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ 
Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV). A lot of people 
want to know what Gods will is for their 
lives. But God's not going to show you step two 
until you do step one. Here's step one: Be 
grateful. This is God's will. 
   First be grateful for what God has 
already given you - your life, mind, freedom, food. 
Everything you have is a gift from God! Be grateful for 
all of it. 
   The Bible says to give thanks in all 
circumstances. Notice it does not say to give thanks for 
all circumstances. There is a big difference. 
There are a lot of things in life you should not 
be thankful for. You should never be thankful 
for evil, for example.  
   It says to give thanks in every 
circumstance, not for, because God can bring good even out 
of bad things. There is a lot of bad in the 
world, and these days, you may see more of it than 
you think you can bear. You shouldn't be 
grateful for those things. God is bigger than sin. He 
can bring promises out of pain, blessings out of 
suffering. He turns crucifixions into resurrections. 
   God transforms the bad things in your 
life into good things and uses them for good. You 
can be grateful in everything for several 
reasons: God has a plan for your life. He can use 
everything in your life for good. The pain is not going 
to last forever. If you know Jesus as Savior, 
youre going to heaven. And he's going to use even 
the hard things in life to build your 
   Do you know what will help you be 
thankful in all things? When bad things happen, 
dont ask, Why is this happening to me? 
Instead, ask, God, what do you want me to learn 
from this? 
   When you learn from God, then you grow 
more like Christ. Then youll be able to better 
see how he is working in your life and give him 
thanks in all circumstances. [Daily Devotional by 
Rick Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


   Nothing tends more to promote health of 
body and of soul than does a spirit of gratitude 
and praise. It is a positive duty to resist 
melancholy, discontented thoughts and feelings - as much 
a duty as it is to pray. If we are 
heaven-bound, how can we go as a band of mourners, 
groaning and complaining all along the way to our 
Father's house? 
   Those professed Christians who are 
constantly complaining, and who seem to think 
cheerfulness and happiness a sin, have not genuine 
religion. Those who take a mournful pleasure in all 
that is melancholy in the natural world, who 
choose to look upon dead leaves rather than to 
gather the beautiful living flowers, who see no 
beauty in grand mountain heights and in valleys 
clothed with living green, who close their senses to 
the joyful voice which speaks to them in nature, 
and which is sweet and musical to the listening 
ear - these are not in Christ. They are 
gathering to themselves gloom and darkness, when they 
might have brightness, even the Sun of 
Righteousness arising in their hearts with healing in His 
beams. MH251 

   I grew up in the age of Leave It to 
Beaver and Father Knows Best, which is another way 
of saying I'm no spring chicken. This 
realization hit home when my husband experienced a 
series of medical problems that started out with an 
infection in his spine following surgery. 
   The infection wasn't the end of his 
health issues, however. Wayne suffered a series of 
small strokes known as TIAs, plus heart issues 
that resulted in two stents in the arteries 
leading to his heart. It has been one thing after 
another, and he isn't the only one. While I might 
think I'm still in my thirties, my body raises all 
kinds of reminders that the years are 
   I've started reading books to help me 
stay healthy both physically and also mentally. 
The list of advice offered makes sense, and I 
have been doing my best to make it all part of my 
daily routine. One of the essential factors I've 
seen mentioned multiple times is the importance 
of having an attitude of gratitude. 
   For years now I've kept a gratitude 
journal. Each morning I list five things for which 
I'm grateful. I've found that the more things I 
am grateful for, the more I have for which to 
be grateful. It's through my gratitude journal 
that I find myself looking for everyday miracles. 
They are all around me in the petal of a rose, in 
the laughter of one of my grandchildren, or in 
the gentle touch of my husband reaching out to 
hold my hand. It's true Wayne and I are aging, 
but with God at our side, we intend to do it 
   Lord, no matter how much change I 
encounter in my life, You are my constant, unchanging 
source of joy and strength. by Debbie Macomber 
[Walking in Grace 2021 Devotional by Guideposts and 

   In a relatively short period of time, 
poor Job  lost everything that was precious to 
him. He lost his family, his health, and his 
possessions. And to make matters worse, his wife said to 
him, Do you still hold fast to your integrity? 
Curse God and die! (Job 2:9 NKJV). 
   Job lost it all, yet he gave thanks to 
God. He said, Naked I came from my mothers 
womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord 
gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the 
name of the Lord (Job 1:21 NKJV). 
   When something good happens in our lives, 
we give God the glory. But what about when 
things are not going well? We still need to say, 
Thank you, Jesus. 
   Sometimes praising the Lord is a 
sacrifice, but we should always do it. As the apostle 
Paul wrote, In everything give thanks; for 
this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for 
you (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV). 
   Notice that Paul tells us to give thanks 
in everything. In Greek, this phrase means 
in connection with everything that occurs. 
Of course, this would not include personal sin. 
We wouldnt give thanks for a sin we 
committed or the repercussions we face as a result. 
But we should be thankful for the other things. 
   There are no exceptions, no excuses. 
Nothing is outside these parameters. 
   You might say, My heart is not in 
   It doesn't matter whether your heart is 
in it. This is about giving thanks because God 
is good. Its about giving thanks because God 
is in control of your life. Give thanks because 
Hes in control of all circumstances surrounding 
your life. 
   The fact of the matter is that for the 
Christian, every day should be Thanksgiving, minus the 
turkey dinner, of course. Like Job, we can give 
thanks, even when times are hard. [By Greg Laurie 
from Harvest Ministries; 

   Daniel was a man of God and a man of 
prayer who was an adviser to the king. The other 
advisers were upset that Daniel was greatly loved and 
respected by the king, but the problem was that Daniel 
didnt have any skeletons in his closet. 
   They said, in effect, We have to get 
rid of this creep. Hes getting all the 
attention. Lets bring this guy down. So they 
decided to get a law passed that would trap him. 
They knew Daniel had an interesting habit. Every 
day he opened his windows, faced Jerusalem, and 
got down on his knees and gave thanks to God. 
   His enemies knew they could set a clock 
by Daniels prayer schedule. So they proposed 
a law to the king that appealed to his ego: 
Give orders that for the next thirty days any 
person who prays to anyone, divine or 
human"except to you, Your Majesty"will be thrown into 
the den of lions (Daniel 6:7 nlt). 
   The king signed it into law, not 
realizing he was dooming his friend, Daniel, to death. 
Or at least it appeared so. 
   Then we read this: When Daniel learned 
that the law had been signed, he went home and 
knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its 
windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times 
a day, just as he had always done, giving 
thanks to his God (verse 10 nlt). 
   This is what Daniel always did. He had an 
attitude of gratitude. However, he had never read the 
book of Daniel. He didnt know that when they 
threw him into the den of lions, God would deliver 
   Daniel didnt know any of the story, 
but he got down on his knees and prayed anyway. 
And he knew this: God is good. God is in 
control. So he gave thanks. [By Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 

When Do You Thank God?
   I often think of when Jesus visited Mary 
and Martha after their brother, Lazarus died 
   I always found it interesting that Jesus 
thanked God for hearing his prayer before Lazarus 
took one step. Years ago, I made a mental note of 
that. God is worthy of praise. We dont have to 
wait to see if God delivers on something we ask 
him before we thank him. And if God chooses to 
say, No, that doesnt mean God is less 
worthy of our praise. 
   Gods Word tells us its impossible 
to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). 
When we choose to be thankful and praise God at 
all times, we are exercising faith. We are 
praising God because we know God is capable of doing 
everything we ask and then so much more. When we thank 
God, we are pleasing our heavenly Father. 
   God is worthy of praise. Just because 
hes God. It pleases God when we praise him ahead 
of time because were saying, God, whether or 
not you choose to answer my prayers, I praise 
you for who you are. I thank you for all 
youve given me. And Lord, even when you choose to 
say no to my requests, I know you have 
your reasons. You know the beginning from the 
end. Your thoughts are much higher than my 
thoughts and your ways are higher too (Isaiah 
55:8-9). And Lord, if you withhold something Im 
asking you for, then maybe the thing is not good 
for me, or the timing is not right.  I know 
its not good because youve said you will not 
withhold any good thing from me (Psalm 84:11). God, I 
trust you. 
   We can choose to be thankful in all 
things. Simply because God is all wise and he allows 
what he does with his wisdom. And when things 
look like they will never work out, those 
impossible times are Gods specialty. The things that 
are impossible with man are possible with God 
(Luke 18:27). I love it when God does what seems 
impossible, because theres no question at all who did 
it. And when we get discouraged because of our 
circumstances, God promises that in all things he can work 
for the good, for us (Romans 8:28). 


1 Thessalonians 5:18 - How To Be Thankful 



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 


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