Today’s Reading

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

Rejoice evermore.

Pray without ceasing.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Quench not the Spirit.

Despise not prophesyings.

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Abstain from all appearance of evil.

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

Brethren, pray for us.

Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Always in All?

Of all the final instructions in today’s reading, which one affects you the most? Which one is the most difficult for you to obey? How about being joyful ALWAYS and giving thanks in ALL circumstances? Paul gave the Thessalonians (and us) a command that is extremely difficult to obey. It would have been easier had he used the words, “most of the time.” One of the most common reasons for not obeying this command is that we do not often see our circumstances the way God sees them. We often forget that God is in control and He has an important purpose for our circumstances. He may be preparing us for something in our future. He may be giving us an opportunity to grow in an area of blindness. He may be providing us an opportunity to demonstrate to a lost world the difference He has made in our lives. When we rejoice and are joyful, we show that we believe what God has said and He will keep His Word. Are you facing a difficult circumstance that is robbing you of joy? What circumstances do you find yourself facing that make it hard to give thanks? What might God be trying to accomplish in your life through them?

Today’s Questions

Say What?

Is there a situation you’re facing that is robbing you of joy and thanksgiving?

So What?

List a few reasons for which you can give thanks.

Now What?

What can be done to help you follow God’s expectations in this area?

Then What?

In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?