In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 we read the following…
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”1 Thessalonians 5:18 (New International Version, NIV)
It is an interesting verse because it says continually, keep on giving thanks – your choice. This is not just a suggestion. It is a command for us to give thanks in all circumstances.
But how can we do that? Honesty compels us to admit that there are times when we don’t feel like being grateful to anyone or for anything. But for the Christian, being grateful is not optional. Thankfully the instruction provided to us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 is not to give thanks for everything, but to give thanks in everything. There is a difference between the two.
Our life circumstances may not be prompting gratitude, but in them we can be grateful for who we know God to be toward us. In today’s message we are going to look at what the Bible tells us what “thanksgiving” actually means. We are going to look at what it stands for and why it is so important to the Christian life.