Share how you demonstrated Christ’s Lordship over your life in the past week.
Main Text: Psalm 103:1-5, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
Memory Verse: In everything give thanks: for this is thewill of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. –
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV).
By the grace of God, we are inching gradually to the end of the year. While some can celebrate successes chalked, others have mixed feelings about the year. For those whose expectations and aspirations may not have been realized, the Scriptures encourage us to give thanks and praise in all situations. Giving thanks in all situations should be the lifestyle of every Christian. The passage read tells us not to forget all of God’s benefits which include his providence, mercies and deliverance from destruction. Today, we shall discuss how we can praise and thank God always.
Questions for Discussion
As we draw to the end of the year, what can we praise and thank God for?
What will make it difficult to give praise and thanks during this period?
Discuss the meaning of the statement, “give thanks in all things.” Verse 18
Why is it important to give thanks in all things? Verse 18, Romans 8:28.
How would you show your appreciation to God for all that happened this year?
Sometimes, unpleasant situations experienced during the year can lead to disappointment and bitterness which could make one unthankful. Nevertheless, the Scriptures command us to give thanks and praise in all things; in both good and bad situations. This is because an ungrateful and bitter person gradually becomes cold and indifferent towards God’s providence. In the passage read, we are to give thanks for God’s mercies and providence in healing our diseases, delivering us from destruction, and renewing our strengths. Thanking and praising God for all things release us from the bondage of regrets, discontentment, unhealthy comparisons, and bitterness. A grateful spirit acknowledges the hand of God in every situation of life. It makes one rest in the Lord knowing that He has all issues under control.