Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Recommended Reading: Ephesians 5:19-20
If you enjoy seeing science validate the teachings of Scripture, search for “health benefits of gratitude” on the Internet. Links to study after study will appear, describing the health benefits—physical health as well as emotional health—of living with an “attitude of gratitude.” What is the biblical teaching on gratitude? Paul says it succinctly: “In everything give thanks; for this [along with rejoicing and praying] is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
The most important thing to notice about Paul’s words is that he doesn’t say to give thanks foreverything, but in everything. Paul wouldn’t expect us to give thanks for some painful event or an evil person’s actions in our life or in the world. Rather, we can be thankful that God is sovereign over everything, that God can cause all things to work together for our good when we belong to Him. We can be grateful in every circumstance because God will use it to conform us to the image of Christ (Romans 8:28-29).
Try it today. Be grateful to God in every circumstance and take note of the difference it makes in your life.
I give it as my testimony that there is a marvelous therapy in thanksgiving.