Thanksgiving is one of the most enjoyable ways to transform your relationship with God. It’s easy, practical, simple, and helps us honor and worship God. There are many ways giving thanks to God will change our lives.
If you notice, the subheadings express that we’ll grow in many of the fruits of the Spirit by giving thanks to God. This is true. In Matthew 17:6, Jesus tells us is to look for the fruits people are bearing. That’s how we will know who belongs to God and who doesn’t- not by their words.
We should want to grow in the fruits of the Holy Spirit found in Galatians chapter 5. In this post, I’m going to explain how something as simple as thanksgiving can help us grow in those areas.
All scriptures are taken from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.
You’ll Grow In Love
Expressing thanks and praise to God is a great way to boost your happiness. When you’re happy, you tend to treat people better. It’s easier to express love and kindness to someone when you’re not having a bad day. Our problems suck us in and make it almost impossible to reach out to others in their best interest. Therefore, by spending time meditating on all the wonderful things God has done for us in our life, we will be preparing ourselves for future interactions will others.
Who wants to be around a miserable Christian? Christians should be overflowing with the goodness of God’s Spirit so much that it touches others around them. When we practice thanksgiving, we water the tree of love and goodness every day.
You’ll Grow In Joy
“Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
– Nehemiah 8:10
The Bible tells us the joy of the Lord is our strength. That’s why the enemy is constantly after the joy of people. If he can make them miserable, he can make them weak. Giving thanks to God every day grows the joy of His people. How can it not?
God is amazing and great to His people. He loves us and has honored us by making us in His image. By meditating on all the times He’s been faithful to you, you’ll instantly grow in joy. He saved us from hell by paying the ultimate price. He’s given us a new life in Christ. How can you think about these things and not be overflowing with joy?
You’ll Grow In Peace
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
– John 14:27
The peace God gives us is truly a gift. Giving thanks to God helps you grow in a deeper understanding of His character. When you do, you’ll understand more and more that God never fails His people and you can trust in Him. Trusting in God gives us a tremendous amount of peacee in the face of adversity.
We know He’s on our side and no weapon formed against us can prosper (Isaiah 54:17). We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) and because of that, we don’t fret when things appear to be coming against us. Instead, we hold fast to the Words found in the Bible (Hebrews 10:23) and believe that God’s will is being worked out in our lives and all things are working together for our good (Romans 8:28).
There’s a reason why people who have a strong relationship with God don’t worry- because they have the peace to know God will always prevail and be the ultimate ruler of their lives.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 4:6-7
You’ll Grow In Humility
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
– John 15:5
Being plugged into God allows incredible forces of faith to flow through us and help us live life according to God’s plans. However, without God’s ever-renewing grace we wouldn’t be able to do all that He tells us to. Once we realize we have to rely on God for everything, it helps our relationship with God to grow.
Humility is the foundation of faith. Many people will never know God because they refuse to humble themselves and put off their pride. Relying on one’s self is the opposite of relying on God. Yet, thanksgiving allows us to grow closer to God because we humble ourselves. The Bible teaches in James 4:6-7 that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Thanksgiving teaches us to remember all that God has done for us that we would not have been able to do in our own efforts.
You’ll Grow In Trust
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.”
– Psalm 121:1-2
God is worthy to be trusted. When we remind ourselves of His faithfulness every day, it’s hard to not trust Him. There are many times in our lives where God has made a way when it looked like there was no way. He’s made the impossible happen for us over and over again.
Those intimate times with God help to build our faith and trust in Him. We can look back and see His track record. It’s important to remember all the great things God has done for us and all the circumstances He made work for our good. By doing this, our trust will grow for God and we’ll be more likely to put our hope and trust in Him in the bad days.
You’ll Grow In Faithfulness
“If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself.“
– 2 Timothy 2:13
Again, God’s never-ending love for us changes us. It’s the love of God that saves us and transforms us into a new creation. That love penetrates through the hardest of hearts and saves those who would seem like unlikely candidates. That’s who God is.
Because of that love, His people are compelled to obey Him and carry out His will among the earth. Truth followers of Christ don’t follow Him out of force, but love.
When we think about the love of God and recall day and night the goodness He’s shared with us, it will cause us to be led to more faithfulness and obedience. Obedience changes our lives and thanksgiving is a wonderful way to water the tree of obedience.
You’ll Grow In Self-Control
In the same way thanksgiving causes us to grow in faithfulness, it also causes us to grow in self-control. We begin to have a different perspective and things that were once important aren’t any longer. We will begin to choose the option most people ignore because we are compelled and led by the Holy Spirit.
Our desire for righteousness will grow and we’ll begin to finally do those things we have been putting off. A strong relationship with God will no doubt override the lusts of the flesh and get you moving in the right direction of the promised land.
By now, I’m sure it’s quite evident how thanksgiving will transform your relationship with God. If you’re skeptical, just try it for one week. Make a decision to spend time giving thanks to God every day and see how you feel about it. It’s certainly changed my life and I’m sure it will do the same for you.
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