How Did Jesus Model Gratitude in His Life?

Gratitude is a fundamental aspect of our lives that can transform our perspective and bring joy to our hearts. In the Bible, we see many examples of gratitude, but perhaps none more profound than Jesus.

He modeled gratitude in his life in various ways that inspired and impacted those around him. Let’s explore some of these ways.

Jesus gave thanks to God in all circumstances

One of the most striking examples of Jesus modeling gratitude is when he gave thanks to God before feeding the multitudes. In John 6:11, it says, “Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.

He did the same with the fish.” Even though they had only five loaves and two fish to feed over 5,000 people, Jesus gave thanks to God for what they had and miraculously multiplied it.

In another instance, when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, he began by giving thanks to God for hearing his prayer (John 11:41-42). These examples show us that Jesus was thankful in all circumstances – whether he had little or much – and always acknowledged God’s hand in his life.

Jesus expressed gratitude for people

Jesus not only showed gratitude towards God but also towards people. He often expressed appreciation for their faith and kindness towards him.

One example is when a woman poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet as an act of love and devotion. Although some criticized her actions, Jesus defended her and said, “She has done a beautiful thing for me” (Mark 14:6).

In Luke 17:11-19, we see another example where Jesus healed ten lepers but only one returned to thank him. Jesus recognized this act of gratitude by saying, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?

Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” (Luke 17:17-18). Jesus appreciated and acknowledged people’s gratitude towards him.

Jesus taught gratitude

Besides modeling gratitude, Jesus also taught about it. In Luke 6:38, Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you.

A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Here Jesus emphasized the importance of giving and being generous as a way of expressing gratitude for what we have received.

Additionally, in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), Jesus teaches about stewardship and using our resources wisely. He encourages us to invest what we have been given and not squander it. This parable highlights the importance of recognizing our blessings and using them for good.


In conclusion, Jesus modeled gratitude in his life by giving thanks to God in all circumstances, expressing appreciation for people’s kindness towards him, and teaching about the importance of giving and stewardship. As we follow his example, may we learn to cultivate a heart of gratitude that transforms every aspect of our lives.