Be Thankful … for Everything

Always giving thanks to God
the Father for everything.
    —Ephesians 5:20

Giving thanks to God is grace-focused—voicing gratitude for blessings received, though undeserved.

When you verbalize your thanks to God worry dwindles, trouble shrinks, courage surfaces, and peace dawns.

In Ephesians 5, Paul pegs giving thanks as an ingredient in being filled with the Spirit.

His charge to give thanks for everything is challenging to be sure—but as he said elsewhere, everything works together for the good of those who love God (Rom. 8:28). He even uses adversity to produce character, perseverance, and hope (Rom. 5:3-5).

Give thanks for whatever tools
God is using to shape you.

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