What I Read Today:

1 Thessalonians 5; John 2; Daniel 8; Psalm 9; 2 Kings 10; Genesis 12

1 Thessalonians 5:15-24, “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.  Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” NIV

Paul’s final instructions to the people of Thessalonica are words of wisdom that we should take to heart ourselves.

His first point, in verse 15, is especially important today.  It seems that we are intent on taking revenge now.  If someone “disrespects me,” I have to get even.  Twitter, Facebook, revenge porn, and all manner of revenge can be found strewn across the internet.  We don’t seem capable of forgiveness.  

In verses 16-18 he gives us a blueprint to follow for how to live our lives.  Paul tells us to do three things, rejoice, pray, and give thanks.   These three lead us to a life that is truly devoted to God.  We have so much to rejoice about.  We have our God who we can pray to.  And our blessings truly should make us thankful, each and every day.

In verses 19-22, Paul is telling us to make sure that we grow in our spiritual lives.  How do you keep the spirit alive?  You feed the spirit with the word of God.  How can we test prophecies, by knowing what the word of God says?  How do we no what God thinks is good and evil?  Read his word.

The Christian life should not be complicated.  Our lives should revolve around our God, his word, and Jesus Christ!  Amen!

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