1 Thessalonians 5:18 - Being 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 


   On a recent Saturday evening, as my 
husband and I returned from dinner, fire trucks 
blocked our street. We couldn't tell whose house was 
on fire, but we smelled smoke. Sadness covered 
me. One of our neighbors would be devastated. 
   The next day as I rode my bike in the 
neighborhood, I saw the homeowners standing in the yard, 
assessing the damage. I introduced myself to Vert and 
his wife, Mel, told them how terrible I felt for 
them, and asked how I could help. 
   Vert responded, "We are blessed."
   What? Vert told me he, his wife, and 
their three boys, one of whom is in a wheelchair, 
all got out safely, by the Lord's grace. A great 
blessing indeed. I admired Vert's faith. I 
contemplated what a close, trusting relationship he must 
have with Jesus to remain grateful in such dire 
   When I pray, there are so many things I 
want to ask for, so many people who need prayer, 
just like Vert and his family. I want to launch 
into those pleas right away when I come to Jesus 
each morning. But I've trained myself to thank 
Jesus first thing - before I start all the 
petitions and requests. 
   Expressing my gratitude to Jesus first, 
for my blessings and the blessings He bestows on 
others, including my neighbors, allows me to remain 
close to Him and not feel devastated, even when 
devastating circumstances arise. Pat Butler Dyson 
   Faith Step: When Your Eyes Pop Open In 
The Morning, Train Yourself To Make Your First 
Thought One Of Gratitude To The One Who Gave You 
Life. [Mornings With Jesus 2023 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 


Instead of Grumbling, Give Thanks
   Fretting and fighting over the small 
stuff will always cause you to lose your 
   This is a hard habit to break because 
people are negative by nature and conditioned by 
culture.  Ever since Adam and Eve, we have been going 
around excusing and accusing. We excuse ourselves 
for the mistakes we make, and we also accuse 
everybody else for our mistakes. 
   We say, If I just had a different 
spouse, then Id be happy. If I had just never 
gotten married, then Id be happy. If I just had 
children, then Id be happy. If my children would 
leave home, then I would be happy. 
   Thats when and then thinking. 
But you are as happy as you choose to be! You 
cant blame anybody else for your unhappiness 
because happiness is a choice. You have to stop 
excusing and accusing; you have to stop fretting and 
fighting over the small stuff. 
   The Bible says, Do everything without 
grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless 
and pure (Philippians 2:14-15 NIV). 
   Those may be some of the most difficult 
verses in the Bible. But the scariest verse in the 
Bible to me is Matthew 12:36, where Jesus says, 
And I tell you that on the Judgment Day people 
will be responsible for every careless thing they 
have said (NCV).   
   That ought to send shivers up your spine. 
How many times have you complained, grumbled, or 
argued about something when you shouldnt have 
been sweating the small stuff? The first law of 
life is this: Dont sweat the small stuff.  Law 
number two is this: Its almost all small stuff! 
   The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, 
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is 
Gods will for you in Christ Jesus (NIV).  
   Study after study has shown that 
gratitude is the healthiest attitude. 
   What do you have to be thankful for? 
Remember, no matter what is going on in your life, God 
is always with you, God is always in you, and 
God is always for you. 
   Thats cause for gratitude, not 
grumbling. [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 

Have Radical Gratitude in All Circumstances
   In many cultures around the world, people 
set aside certain days or seasons for giving 
thanks.  But God wants you to be intentional about 
your thankfulness every day. He wants you to 
develop this spiritual habit, one that is reflected 
in the life of a radical believer. The more 
deeply you understand Gods love, the more 
grateful youre going to be. 
   What does it mean to be radically 
   The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, 
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is 
Gods will for you in Christ Jesus (NIV). In 
every circumstance give thanks"because its 
Gods will for your life. Thats radical 
   How can you be thankful even in difficult 
circumstances? You can thank God in every circumstance 
because he is in control. He can bring good out of 
evil. He can turn around the worst mistakes 
youve made. No matter what happens, God isnt 
going to stop loving you.  
   You can find a hundred things to be 
thankful for in any circumstance, even when the 
circumstance stinks. 
   Radical gratitude"being thankful in all 
circumstances"is Gods will because it creates fellowship. 
What do I mean by that? Gratitude always builds 
deeper relationships between you and other people 
and between you and God. 
   If you want to get closer to someone, 
start expressing gratitude to that person. Maybe 
youre feeling distant from your spouse. Youve 
lost that lovin feeling because you stopped 
doing the things that created that lovin 
feeling early on"and now you take each other for 
granted. Start doing what you did when you were 
dating: Express gratitude. Write little notes of 
kindness and encouragement. Call or text during the 
day, just to tell your spouse that youre 
thankful for them.  
   Do you want to build your small group? 
Dont just go to your gathering. During the week, 
contact the people in your group. Say, Im 
grateful for you, and heres why. Youll find 
that the more grateful you are for your group, 
the more your group will bond. 
   Let us enter his gates with 
thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to 
him and praise his name. For the LORD is good 
and his love endures forever; his faithfulness 
continues through all generations (Psalm 100:4-5 
NIV). [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 

What Does It Mean to Have Radical Gratitude?
   The more deeply you understand Gods 
love, the more grateful you will become.  
   In fact, the Bible says that gratitude 
should saturate your life: Give thanks in all 
circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ 
Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV). 
   Notice that the Bible says to give thanks 
in all circumstances, not for all 
circumstances. There is a big difference!  
   You dont have to be thankful for the 
bad things that happen in your life. Not 
everything that happens in the world is Gods will. 
In fact, most of the time, Gods will is not 
done here on Earth; instead, peoples will is 
   Theres a lot of evil in the world, and 
you dont need to thank God for that. But you 
can thank God in the midst of it. 
   In my own life, Ive learned that I can 
thank God in every circumstance. Here are some 
reasons why: 
      	God is in control.
      	God can bring good out of evil. 
      	God can turn even my mistakes into 
something that works out well; he can  
        bring good out of them. 
      	I won't live on Earth forever; I'm 
going to heaven one day." 
      	I cant lose my salvation. 
      	No matter what happens, God 
isnt going to stop loving me.  
   The truth is that I could think of a 
hundred reasons to be thankful in any circumstance, 
even circumstances that seem horrible. 
   Look again at 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV). 
It says you should give thanks to God in all 
circumstances. The Greek word used is the word pos, which 
means any, all, everything, anyone, all the time, 
anywhere, everywhere, the whole thing. It means no 
exception, no excuses, no exemptions. 
   That seems pretty radical, doesnt it? 
Thats why its radical gratitude. 
   It doesnt take any effort to be 
grateful for the nice present someone just gave you. 
Anyone can do that. But being grateful in all 
circumstances takes radical gratitude. 
   People say they want to know Gods 
will. They want to know what God wants them to do 
with their lives. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, God 
makes that very clear: Give thanks in all 
circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ 
Jesus (NIV). 
   Giving thanks in all situations is 
Gods will for you. And the more thankful you are, 
the closer youll get to God! [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   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 


Gracious God,
   As I journey with You today, please help 
me to thank You all through the day. This 
practice makes it more feasible for me to pray 
without ceasing, as the apostle Paul taught. I long 
to be able to pray continually, and thanking 
You in every situation facilitates this pursuit. 
My thankful prayers provide a solid foundation 
on which I can build all my other prayers. 
Moreover, it's so much easier for me to communicate 
freely with You when I have a grateful attitude. 
   If I keep my mind occupied with thanking 
You, I'm less likely to fall into hurtful 
patterns of worrying or complaining. I've seen that 
when I practice thankfulness consistently, 
negative thought patterns gradually grow weaker and 
   A grateful heart opens up the way for me 
to draw near to You. And Your glorious Presence 
fills me with Joy and Peace. 
   In Your joyous Name, Jesus, Amen (1 
Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV; James 4:8 NKJV; Romans 15:13) 
[Jesus Listens by Sarah Young] 


1 Thessalonians 5:18 - How To Be Thankful