1 .The Apostle Paul clearly gives us an example of a thankful attitude. 

A .In nearly every epistle, Paul’s first words are those of thanksgiving and praise to god   

1 .Paul made this suggestion in 

1Th 5:18 NKJ) 

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

2 Paul’s thanksgiving was not dependent on his personal circumstances.He continued to thank god despite many hardships   

(2Co 11:22 NKJ)   

Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.   

(2Co 11:23 NKJ)   

Are they ministers of Christ?– I speak as a fool– I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.

(2Co 11:24 NKJ) 

From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.   

(2Co 11:25 NKJ)     

Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; 

(2Co 11:26 NKJ)   

in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;     

(2Co 11:27 NKJ)   

in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness-   

(2Co 11:28 NKJ) 

besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.   

(2Co 11:29 NKJ)   

Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?     

(2Co 11:30 NKJ)     

If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity.

(2Co 11:31 NKJ)     

The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.   

(2Co 11:32 NKJ) 

in Damascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me;     

(2Co 11:33 NKJ) 

but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands.     

3 .Paul’s thanksgiving is evidenced in prayer 

(1Th 1:2 NKJ) 

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, 

 For Paul, this was flowing out of his love for Christ and saints of Christ’s church.   when we consider god’s “grace, we are compelled to have “thanksgiving” 

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