In John 15, we are instructed to remain in God's love. To remain in His love is as simple as turning or bending towards him. When we cultivate thankfulness in our lives, we are turning our attentions from our situations towards God and recognizing His work in our lives.
We can turn to God by spending time getting to know Him personally through His Word in the Bible. His Word reveals to us that He loves us unconditionally, not based on our performance, or our best behavior or even our worst! His Word shows us that He is like a Father eagerly awaiting a long-lost child to return home. His Word shows us that nothing in heaven or on Earth can ever separate us from His love!
As we bend towards God and remain in His love, we have joy, hope and love which far surpasses what this world can ever offer us!
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love... I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy... so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
Romans 8:35, 37
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ...No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.