“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV)
The most appreciated thanksgiving is not after you have received the blessing, but after you have faced struggles and difficulties.
Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 2:6-7 NIV, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Paul knew the power of a thankful life. He knew that a heart overflowing with thanksgiving could turn a bad situation into a good one.
Believing that our affliction is a process that works for us and not against us. It is far more exceeding with an eternal weight of glory. We need to understand that those circumstances that we go through are God’s way for us to learn, to know what we don’t know, to analyze our mistakes, to accept and initiate responsibility—most importantly to establish our relationship with Him. Often we fail to view our circumstance through the eyes of thanksgiving.
Ptr. Obeth G. Mendoza