Monday, November 10, 2014

Scriptures to Inspire Thankfulness All Year Around

Four beautiful texts to inspire thankfulness all year round
November is a time that many choose to reflect on the countless blessings they have received from God and to give thanks for the joys that life in Jehovah’s service has to offer. Because it is important to offer thanks for God’s many blessings, we shouldn’t take for granted the guidance and forgiveness He offers us every day, all year around. Challenge yourself to show your appreciation every day. Reflecting on the following scriptures can help you remember the importance of always being thankful for Jehovah’s loving provisions.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks for everything. This is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 5:20
Always give thanks to our God and Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

These verses from Thessalonians and Ephesians serve as simple reminders of God’s will for us to be ever grateful for His sacrifice and His blessings. These scriptures remind us that everything is worthy of thanks to Jehovah.

Colossians 3:15-17
Also, let the peace of the Christ rule in your hearts, for you were called to that peace in one body. And show yourselves thankful. Let the Word of the Christ reside in you richly in all wisdom. Keep on teaching and encouraging one another with psalms, praises to God, spiritual songs sung with gratitude, singing in your hearts to Jehovah. Whatever it is that you do in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, thanking God the Father through him.

The scripture from Colossians not only encourages us to be thankful always to Jehovah, but it also reminds us to teach others to praise Him and give thanks in everything they do. Let this verse encourage you to shed His light of Truth on everyone you meet, and remind you to help others join you in showing thanksgiving for His many blessings.

Psalms 100:1-5
A melody of thanksgiving:
Shout in triumph to Jehovah, all the earth.
Serve Jehovah with rejoicing.
Come into his presence with joyful shouting.
Know that Jehovah is God.
He is the one who made us, and we belong to him.
We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Come into his gates with thanksgiving,
Into his courtyards with praise.
Give thanks to him; praise his name.
For Jehovah is good;
His loyal love endures forever,
And his faithfulness through all generations.

This beautiful song from Psalms is a perfect prayer of thanksgiving when your own words don’t feel like enough to express your gratitude. Meditating on this scripture and considering it with family and friends will help you to praise Jehovah for His loyal love and to prove that your thankfulness will endure as long as His love for us.

We at Ministry Ideaz are always inspired and encouraged by the faith of Jehovah’s Witnesses all over the world. What other stories and scriptures from the Bible remind you to be thankful always? Share your thoughts with us here in the comments section!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing these scriptures on thankfulness!
    The W15 1/15 article:"Give Thanks to Jehovah and Be Blessed" really helped me to work more on giving thanks to Jehovah. Especially paragraph 11: 11. What helped Kyung-sook to cope with a serious illness?
    11 Kyung-sook, who lives in Asia, pioneered with her husband for more than 20 years. Suddenly, she was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and was told that she had from three to six months to live. Although she and her husband had endured many trials before, they always had good health. She says: “This health issue hit me hard. I felt that I had lost everything, and I was very scared.” What has helped Kyung-sook to cope? She says: “Every night before going to bed, I go to the rooftop of our home and pray out loud about five things that I am grateful for from that day. Then I feel reassured, and I am moved to express my love for Jehovah.” How has Kyung-sook benefited from these nightly prayers? She says: “I have come to realize that Jehovah sustains us through trialsome circumstances and that there are far more blessings in our lives than there are trials.”