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28 Transformational Bible Verses About Gratitude and Being Thankful

Happiness starts with gratitude and being thankful. Read these Bible Verses that will help you be thankful for the things that matter most in life and cultivate gratitude in your heart today.

Bible Verses About Gratitude and Being Thankful for Others:

There are so many people in our lives that we can be thankful for. Sometimes it is nice to write a friend a letter to let them know that you are thankful for them. Here are some verses you could put in your prayer journal to help you give thanks to God. There are other verses that would be perfect in a thank you card to show your gratitude for your friends and family.

Bible Verses About Thanking God and Showing Gratitude Toward The Lord:

 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

(James 1:17)

I will praise the Lord at all times.

    I will constantly speak his praises.

I will boast only in the Lord;

    let all who are helpless take heart.

Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;   

 let us exalt his name together.

(Psalm 34:1-3)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Let all who fear the Lord repeat: “His faithful love endures forever.” In my distress, I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”

(Psalm 118:1, 3-6)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

(Ephesians 1:3)

Scriptures About Gratitude And Being Thankful For Family and Children

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.” 

(2 Thessalonians 1:3)

Children are a heritage from the Lord,

    offspring a reward from him.

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior

    are children born in one’s youth.

Blessed is the man

    whose quiver is full of them.

(Psalm 127:3-5)

Bible Verses About The Value of Friends and Being Thankful for Them

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

(Proverbs 17:17)

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

(Proverbs 18:24)

I thank my God every time I remember you.In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 1:2-6)

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.

(1 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Scriptures To Show You Are Thankful For Your Husband

“We love because he first loved us.”

(1 John 4:19)

Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other.”

(Colossians 3:13)

May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord,  the Maker of heaven and earth.

(Psalm 115:14-15)

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sistersloved by God, that he has chosen you.

(1 Thessalonians 1:2-4)

Two are better than one,

    because they have a good return for their labor:

If either of them falls down,

    one can help the other up.

But pity anyone who falls

    and has no one to help them up.

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

    But how can one keep warm alone.

Though one may be overpowered,

    two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”.

(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

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If you’re looking to take your gratitude practice to the next level. I have linked a couple of Christian Gratitude Journals throughout this article. There are links for purchasing both in Australia and the United States and other countries. If you purchase through these links, I will make a small commission at no extra cost to you. This keeps the blog up and running and enables the ministry to continue to grow. I have noticed a significant difference in my own mental health and outlook when I consistently use a gratitude journal. I highly recommend it! 

Christian Gratitude Journals to Get You Motivated:

Good Days Start With Gratitude: A 52 Week Guide To Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude: Gratitude Journal (Australia)

Good Days Start With Gratitude: A 52 Week Guide To Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude: Gratitude Journal (United States, International)

Bible Verses About Being Thankful in Hard Times

The truth is that it is easy to be thankful in the ‘good times’ but it is harder in the hard times. Sometimes everything looks dark. Everything seems to be going wrong and it can be hard to find anything positive in that particular situation. If this is where you find yourself now, can I encourage you to take heart? 

One of the most beautiful things about trusting God in hard times is that you realise how close God really is. When no one else seems to understand, God is there. When you’re alone, crying on the bathroom floor, God is there. Here are some verses which will show you the faithfulness of God in hard times. No matter what your circumstances are, you will come to learn of God’s goodness and be thankful for his ever-present help in times of trouble. 

Scriptures that let you know God is with you in the hard times and he hears your prayers:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

(2 Corinthians 1:3-7)

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;

    he delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant;

    their faces are never covered with shame.

This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;

    he saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,   

 and he delivers them.” 

(Psalm 34:4-7)

Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy.  The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

(Psalm 28:6-7)

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exalts, and with my song, I give thanks to him.”

(Psalm 28:7)

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

(1 Corinthians 15:57)
Enjoy the little things

H3: Bible Verses About Being Thankful For the Little Things

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

“Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

(Ephesians 5:20)

“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.”

(1 Timothy 4:4-5)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful”.

(Colossians 4:2)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 4:6-7)

Scriptures About Being Thankful For What You Have and Being Content

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

(Philippians 4:11-13)

“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)

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe

(Hebrews 12:28)

I also love the song ‘Jireh’ by Maverick City Music. ThepPast two years have been really difficult for me and this particular song really got me through. I hope it can encourage you too.

Christian Gratitude Journals to Get You Motivated:

Christian Gratitude Journal for Women: Give Thanks to the Lord: A 52 Week Inspirational Guide to More Prayer and Less Stress (Australia)

Christian Gratitude Journal for Women: Give Thanks to the Lord: A 52 Week Inspirational Guide to More Prayer and Less Stress (United States and Other Countries)

Final Thoughts on Gratitude and Being Thankful as a Christian

There are countless verses throughout the Bible where people worshipped God and sang his praise. It truly is a foundational part of Christianity and a good habit and mindset to cultivate. Even in the hard times, you can find something to thank God for. Even if it is the breath in your lungs or the fact that the sun rose today. Get one of the journals I linked above or grab a notebook and start today. Little by little, things add up! 

Be Blessed,

In Christ’s Love,


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