1Th 5:15See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
1Th 5:16Rejoice always,
1Th 5:17pray without ceasing,
1Th 5:18in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
In reading this passage today, it struck me that I am not doing all that I am supposed to do according to God's Word. I am borrowing a commentary from Blue Letter Bible to help explain verse 14:
1Th 5:16Rejoice always,
Always. . . good times. . . . bad times. . . . hard times. . . . ALL TIMES! ! !
1Th 5:17 pray without ceasing,
This means to always have an attitude of prayer. We cannot pray verbally at all times, but we can be mindful of God and bring HIM into every equation of our lives! We can always have an attitude of prayer and know that in every situation, prayer should be our FIRST defense. . . . not our last hope!
1Th 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
In EVERYTHING. . . . . did you get the EVERYTHING part here? Good, bad, ugly, and indifferent. . . . . EVERYTHING! ! ! ! ! Sometimes this seems so absolutely impossible sometimes. . . . I am the first to admit this one! I don't remember being too thankful the last time I had a virus. . . . or a broken heart. . . . . or when I feel like an utter failure! Kinda like when I fail at being thankful in EVERYTHING! Enough said. . . . I have thoroughly convicted myself at this point! Please note that when I try and point out things in scripture, I am doing it more for me than for anyone! It gives me a reality check in my life!
~Father God, let me start by asking You to forgive me for failing to do Your will as Your Word has directed me to do! Thank You for pointing out the things in my life that need changed and thank You for the help and strength You are giving me to help change what is unholy in me! I want to thank and praise You Father for loving me enough to allow Paul. . . . so many years ago, to speak to me today! Your Word is amazing. . . .Your love is incredible. . . . .Your sacrifice was beautiful, and in it all. . . . . I am thankful! I am so unworthy and yet You lavish Your love, Your compassion, and Your Son on me! I thank You for all of the many blessings in my life. . . . . even the ones that are hard to recognize as blessings! I thank You Father. . . . . I thank You! In the precious name of Jesus I pray. . . . . Amen!~