There is power in giving thanks. Do you find it hard to give thanks for some people and situations? It can be really difficult when you have been wronged! 

Giving thanks is a choice!

Like, forgiving is a choice when you have been offended !  Blessing someone who has hurt you, is a choice! Loving that person is a choice! Shortly, you will discover the benefits of choosing to give thanks.

The Bible encourages us to give thanks for everyone.  It says: “Pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them.” (1 Timothy 2:1 NLT)

In this Bible verse we are instructed to be thankful for all people. Think about that! We are to be thankful for those we don’t agree with, those who seek to control us, those who reject us and those who speak evil of us.

Jesus said we are to love our enemies! Do good to those who hate us. Bless those who mistreat us. Pray for those who hurt us. (Luke 6:27-28)

To love our enemies, do good to those who hate us, bless those who mistreat us and thank God for all of them, is a challenge! Our tendency is to blame and judge them. 

Thanking God, for those we find hard to love, changes our attitude and heart.

Regularly people share how they have been mistreated, misunderstood, disappointed, rejected, and offended.  We are all broken people whom God loves. Some more broken than others!
God wants His children to pray and thank Him for them. Thank Him for something good you see in them. If you can’t think of anything, ask God to show you what you could be thank for! Refocusing on what another has, rather than what they lack is displaying the love of God, (for love covers a multitude of sins).

1 Peter 4:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others].

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