What is gratitude?

The dictionary says that gratitude is ‘the quality (the state) of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness’. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? But sometimes it’s not.

Gratitude is more than being thankful.  It is a response to a gift.

Think about this…

  • Who should be grateful?
    Why should we be grateful?
    What should we be grateful for?
    When should we be grateful?
  • How do we show gratitude?

Showing gratitude to God is what Thanksgiving is all about.


What is thankfulness?

Thankfulness can be defined as hertfelt gratitude to God, expressed in response to his goodness, love and mercy.

A few Bible verses that speak about thankfulness…

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.     I Thessalonians 5:18

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.       Colossians 3:15

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.       Philippians 4:6-7