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Weekly message from Neighborhood Church: There is a power in thanks

1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

When someone thanks you, what kinds of thoughts and emotions come over you? I’m sure you are like most people, where you feel seen, noticed, appreciated for something you did or said, or had part in. We may even feel that sense of accomplishment or connection that we do have meaning and matter to another or some cause. In addition, we can feel a sense that we made a difference, had an impact, added something of significance to another’s life or project, bigger than ourselves. There is a power in the ‘thanks.’ Now, true sometimes we can feel a bit surprised because we wonder if we really deserve it, or they must be mistaken because we don’t feel all that worthy of it. Honestly, that’s more what happens in me. I know it’s mostly because of my past in experiencing harsh criticism, so it does take some thought to let the wonderful aroma of the blessing of thanks encourage me. Yes, there is a power in thanks, and it does bring on joy.

Counselors, life coaches, and psychologists tell us that there is a great benefit in giving thanks. In an online article from Psychology Today, entitled 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude, seven powerful blessings of thanks are revealed. When we are thankful or express gratitude, it opens doors to more and deeper relationships, improves our physical health, builds empathy, reduces aggression, and even brings on better sleep! There is proven research showing that expressing thanks is truly a blessing. The Bible encourages us to be thankful.

Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

Much of our thanks should be directed to God who does provide for us according to Philippians 4:10, Matthew 6:31-32 and James 1:17.

Psalms 107:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 9:1-2 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

Giving thanks also greatly encourages others. The Apostle Paul was good at thanking others.

Ephesians 1:16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

Philippians 1:3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you.

Colossians 1:3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.

As we approach this season of thanksgiving, who could you bless with the power of thanks? Why not take a moment right now in reading this and pause and think of all the people who have helped you, encouraged you, guided you, and challenged you. Also, thank God for watching over you, for orchestrating circumstances and people to help you grow to be that amazing person He created you to be. So, go ahead and take a moment and be thankful. You might even take the opportunity to share that thanks to God and others. When you do, it will make a difference. For there is a power in thanks.

Church can be a place to help us foster a thankful heart and express our thanks to God. If you don’t have a church you regularly attend we would like to invite you to view or visit Neighborhood Church. Our website has all the information you need for times and locations of all our Sunday gatherings. We would love for you to join in. You can also find us online at neighborhoodchurch.com. As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings or videos, visit our YouTube channel, or just search Neighborhood Church Cypress or Neighborhood Church Los Alamitos on their YouTube site.

Seeking to share in the power of thanks along with you,


This article was written by Dr. Mike McKay, Lead Pastor of Neighborhood Church.