Give thanks in all circumstances

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). These are the words Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica. But what does it mean to give thanks in all circumstances? What about when we are hurting or suffering? Are we really supposed to give thanks in those circumstances? Is it naive, or cruel, to expect people to give thanks in these painful circumstances?

In today’s Bible study, Wes and Travis discuss the connection between grace and gratitude. They also discuss how gratitude was understood in the ancient world and how that perspective can help us today. Most importantly, they discuss how gratitude can help us love like Jesus.

This Bible study is a response to a listener’s email. Peggy wrote in asking if we could talk about practicing gratitude when facing struggles. If you would like to submit a question or comment for discussion in a future Bible study, send us an e-mail.

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