Story Of Gratitude In The Bible

The story of gratitude in the Bible starts with God. The King of the universe and everything within it is the epitome of gratitude. He tells His people repeatedly to be grateful, because every gift they have comes from Him (Matthew 6:26).

The New Testament is filled with powerful stories of gratitude. In Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan, he shares a story that’s still taught in Sunday schools today, because of its powerful lesson on the virtue of giving and giving thanks. The story begins with a priest and a Levite passing by a beaten man on the street. Both men each looked away in disgust at the man and continued walking, leaving him alone to die. However, when a Samaritan came upon him, the Samaritan had compassion for the wounded man. He took care of his wounds, took him to an inn to stay for the night, paid for his room and board; put a denarius down as payment for his further care; promised to pay even more if needed; and then said – “Stay here until you are well enough to travel… And I will give you whatever else you need” (Luke 10:33-35).

Gratitude is really a virtue that is changing the world. It’s definitely changing the way you live and making you more appreciative of everything. That will help you in life, but some people are not aware of how it does it and why gratitude is essential for your life. In this article, I want to show gratitude in the Bible, how it works and why should be thankful for everything.

Briefly, it is the story of gratitude contained in the Bible. Gratitude is proper appreciation of things received. It is a thankful or grateful frame of mind or heart. The story of gratitude contained in the Bible was often illustrated and encouraged by good men and women of God, who were models of sound lifestyles in their own time and generations.

Story Of Gratitude In The Bible

We find ourselves in a special season that singularly focuses on the act of giving thanks. People hang banners across their mantles proclaiming “give thanks” and others share on Facebook something they are grateful for each day in November.

But Thanksgiving is more than a day or a month. Thanksgiving is something we are called to do every day. In the good and the bad, in the ups and downs, our natural response must be gratitude.

Good thing we have some great examples in the Bible! Many men and women we consider pillars of the faith represented an attitude of thanksgiving so well. In fact, there are so many that it was hard to narrow down the list. But today we take a look at people who uniquely gave thanks with all their heart.

Story Of Gratitude In The Bible

Hannah

Hannah is one of my favorite people in the Bible and someone I’ve learned a lot from. There honestly isn’t a lot of information about her but her mark in the Bible is significant.

Hannah was one of two wives to a man named Elkanah; Hannah was barren but the other wife had many children. The other wife, Peninnah, would taunt her regularly and Hannah’s misery was indeed immense. One night, while in the temple, Hannah prayed fervently for a child, so much so that the priest Eli thought she was drunk.

Hannah prayed that if God would give her a child, she would give that child back to Him. Eli blessed her request and soon after she conceived a boy named Samuel, who would become the great prophet of Israel (and my favorite person in the Bible!).

What’s beautiful about this story is that she did indeed give her son back to the Lord–she gave Samuel to Eli. Hannah’s praise wasn’t just the reflection of an answer to prayer, but it proceeded giving up her son. With all her heart she praised God in the aftermath of turning over her biggest prayer request.

Does your praise and thanksgiving overflow from the good you’ve had to let go? When perhaps your sacrifice was difficult.

David

David danced before the Lord in the streets as a response of praise to his holy God. He worshiped after the death of his son. David is a man known for praise. Even in the darkest seasons of his life–as we see in the psalms–he pointed back to the goodness of God.

No matter what season David found himself in, he always had the perspective of praise. We can learn a thing or two from that kind of attitude. I’m sure it wasn’t always easy but he knew thanksgiving was always necessary.

Mary, Mother of Jesus

Finding out she was pregnant with the Savior of the world wasn’t the easiest news to swallow and the aftermath took some faith. But Mary, the young girl chosen to carry the baby Jesus, would exemplify great praise.

While visiting with Elizabeth, who was carrying John the Baptist at the same time Mary was pregnant with Jesus, the young girl had a moment of exclamation. It’s called the Magnificat and it’s found in Luke 1.

Mary’s heart was full of praise and it outpoured into the world. A young girl filled with immense thanks knew exactly where her praise was to be directed. Do you know where to direct your praise today? What are you carrying that at first might have seemed a bit fearful but you can now be thankful for?

The Healed Leper

When Jesus entered a village (Luke 17) there were ten lepers that called out to him for healing. Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priest and as they did, all ten were healed.

Only one returned to Jesus to thank him. Only one! That man threw himself at the feet of Jesus and gave immense thanks. It’s both amazing to think and sad that only one man returned to give thanks for healing from a debilitating disease. When nine vanished into the crowd one gave thanks where thanks was due.

Don’t be like one of the nine that was blessed and moved on. Stop and give incredible thanks for all God has and is doing in your life!

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