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Responding in Thanks

Responding in Thanks

God has poured out an abundance of blessings upon those He calls His own: He has given us the gift of salvation through His Son, He faithfully provides everything we need (and often much more), and He leads us toward becoming more like Jesus every day.

Such beautiful blessings naturally lead to honest thanksgiving. Here are some verses that have spoken through the ages as encouraging reminders to praise God in thanksgiving as a testimony to His good character and loving providence.

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Psalm 100:4-5 – “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Colossians 3:17 – “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Hebrews 12:28 – “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.”

Psalm 9:1 – “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”

2 Corinthians 9:15 – “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”

Psalm 107:1 – “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”

2 Corinthians 4:15-16 – “It is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.”

Paul tells the Corinthian church that giving thanks glorifies God as His grace extends to more and more people. We thank God for testimonies of God’s grace in the lives of new believers, such as this story we received from East Asia:

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In the eyes of her husband’s family, friends, and neighbors, Aijan was a very sweet wife, a warm and loving mother, and a dutiful daughter-in-law. However, in their private times, Aijan would often complain to her husband about her dreary, menial life. As time passed, her husband withdrew and became calloused towards her.

In desperation, Aijan started listening to an Audio Bible, and God began to reveal the truth. She shared that through God’s Word, she came to understand why her husband’s view of her was different from other people’s and why he had become so abrasive towards her. In the public eye, Aijan would put on her best performance so that others would see her good deeds and think highly of her. However, her husband only saw her contemptuous and prideful heart.

Seeking forgiveness, Aijan confessed her prideful sin to God and her husband. Now, Aijan regularly attends a Bible listening group. Her husband has witnessed Aijan’s transformation, and their marriage has been restored. Instead of grumbling, Aijan has embraced a new attitude of humility and thankfulness. Her husband supports her efforts to serve in the church ministry, even allowing her to close their family business early to prepare for church. Aijan is extremely grateful for the Audio Bible and continues to seek God’s will for her life and marriage.

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What a beautiful story of God’s provision and redemption leading to thankfulness in this woman’s heart! And the only way that she was able to respond to His goodness was through hearing God’s Word in her heart language. Friend, we know that you desire to fulfill Jesus’ prediction in Matthew 24:14 that the “Gospel of the Kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” In order for every tribe, tongue, and nation to have a chance to hear and respond in grateful praise to that Gospel of the Kingdom, they need to hear it in their heart language. This holiday, you can offer hope to 22 more language groups who need to hear God’s Word so that they can receive God’s bountiful provision and respond in thanks. Let’s #ReachAllNations together.

*Bible.is is a ministry of Faith Comes By Hearing.

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