Cultivating a Grateful Heart

During the month of November and as we approach Thanksgiving Day, the messages of gratitude and giving thanks are seen everywhere. But what does it mean to live daily with an attitude of gratitude? How do we give thanks when life is not going as expected or is just plain hard? What if I don’t feel thankful?

I can relate. The struggle of choosing joy and gratitude is often a very real experience for me!

Yet, as followers of Jesus we are called to give thanks as a way of life.

How can we cultivate grateful hearts that give thanks to the Lord with our entire being? Continue reading “Cultivating a Grateful Heart”

A Thanksgiving Attitude

In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 we are instructed to give thanks in all circumstances. How do we live this out when life is hard or things aren’t going our way?
Give Thanks

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Give thanks in this verse is the word eucharisteo in the original language of Scripture. It means to be thankful; to express one’s gratitude; give thanks.

Give thanks in this verse is a word in the present tense, imperative mood and active voice, which means a continuous, repeated action, a command that the subject accomplishes. In other words: Do it !  Over and over and over again.

Some of the other words for giving thanks and thanksgiving in the New Testament are:

thanksgiving eucharistiagratitude; active, grateful language; thanks to God as an act of worship

be thankful eucharistos(used only in Colossians 3:15)thankful, mindful of favors, grateful

 In the midst of each of these words is the Greek word charis which means graceContinue reading “A Thanksgiving Attitude”