Happy Thanksgiving from me and my family to you and yours! Here are some scriptures on thankfulness and some self-reflection questions that can help you cultivate an attitude of gratitude. (All scriptures quoted are from the New American Standard Bible.)
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”—1 Thessalonians 5:18
In the midst of your joys and sorrows, hopes and fears, what can you choose to remember about the Lord and His promises toward you?
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all.”—Philippians 1:3-4
Who has the Lord placed in your life as a blessing? Whom can you thank Him for this Thanksgiving?
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”—James 1:17
What gifts can you thank the Lord for this holiday season?
“Be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”—Colossians 3:15-16
How can you focus your mind to be thankful? What can you read from God’s Word? What Christian songs can you listen to and sing? How can you praise God today?
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples.”—1 Chronicles 16:8
Will you thank the Lord by telling others what He has done in your life?
“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”—1 Chronicles 16:24
How have you experienced the Lord’s lovingkindness (His covenant love, steadfast and merciful) in your life? Will you thank Him for His faithful goodness today?
“I will cause Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore the peoples will give You thanks forever and ever.”—Psalm 45:17
What can you tell the next generation—especially those in your own family—about the character, nature, and ways of God? How can you inspire the next generation to thank God?
“Willingly I will sacrifice to You; I will give thanks to Your name, O Lord, for it is good.”—Psalm 54:6
How can you set aside your desires and obey God out of a thankful heart?
“I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and will glorify Your name forever.”—Psalm 86:12
How might the Lord want to be glorified (put on display) in your life? Will you thank Him with all your heart, all you are, by allowing Him to do that?
“With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord; and in the midst of many I will praise Him.”—Psalm 109:30
What can you say as a public witness of thankfulness to God?
“Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart, in the company of the upright and in the assembly.”—Psalm 111:1
Are you thanking God by assembling and praising Him with other believers?
“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.”—Psalm 139:14
Will you thank the Lord because He made you, and because you are designed perfectly by Him?
“Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; the upright will dwell in Your presence.”—Psalm 140:13
Will you thank the Lord for His constant presence in your life?
“Bring my soul out of prison, so that I may give thanks to Your name; the righteous will surround me, for You will deal bountifully with me.”—Psalm 142:7
Will you thank the Lord for those things He has delivered you from?
“To You, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for You have given me wisdom and power.”—Daniel 2:23
How has the Lord provided wisdom and power in your life? Will you thank Him for them?
“Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”—Romans 7:25
Will you thank the Lord for the gift of His Son Jesus, who died that you might have life, and have it in abundance?
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.”—2 Corinthians 2:14
Will you thank the Lord for the victory He gives us every day in Jesus? Will you thank the Lord by cooperating with His purpose for your life—to spread the beautiful scent of Jesus wherever you go?
May the Lord bless you, and keep you; may the Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; may the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26) this Thanksgiving season and always!
Question: What would like to thank the Lord for this Thanksgiving? Comment at the link below.