If we sit still for a moment and think about the word “thankful” then it is with no doubt that we will have different interpretations of the word.
The properties of “Thankful”
“Thankful” is a Positive Emotion
When we are Thankful, we are happy about something or someone. It could be that somebody has done something good to us, or we received a nice gift or we received good news about someone we love. It stirs up a positive emotion that makes us happy and that lifts our spirit.
It is a “gift”
Some people are born with the gift and they are naturally thankful for everything; the “happy-and-bubbly” type of people. They are always joyful and kind and have a good word to say to and about everybody. Their spirit is very uplifting and we feel vitalised after just five minutes in their presence. We enjoy being with them and follow them – hence quite influential and strong leaders. They are energetic and normally enjoy a good health – both mentally and physically. They have a large tolerance and compassion for other people and do not easily get derailed when wrong words or actions come their way. They love everybody and never take revenge. They are always in control of their lives.
It is a personality trait
It is part of our personality to be thankful and it is a stronger and weaker personality trait in different people. It is an emotion which is sometimes uncontrollable – to say “thank you”: some people will jump up-and-down with joy and thankfulness.
It is something we have to learn
If we are not born like that, we have to learn it: we have to develop this part of our personality. It is one of the first things a good parent teaches their children – to say “thank you” and to be thankful.
It is a “Must”
We will be considered very rude and socially unacceptable if we don’t say “thank you” – hence showing a positive attitude of thankfulness. We get reprimanded by the community if we don’t show gratitude in an appropriate manner as it is expected by the circumstances.
What does the Bible say about “Thankful”?
The word “Thankful” can be summarized in the following verses:
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. [1 Thessalonians 5:16-18].
But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors Me. If you keep to My path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God. [Psalm 50:23]
- Rejoice Always – we must Always be happy
- Give Thanks in All circumstances – even if it is not going so well with us.
It honours God and pleases Him.