”Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you…” (1 Thess 5:16-18)
Rather Paul highlights the privilidge of Christian community and our shared responsibility to one another.
“We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work…” (v12-13)
Be thankful for your Pastors, leaders, mentors and parents. Those who work with you and alongside you for your growth and the spreading of the hope we share in Christ, Jesus. These faithful men and woman have a very difficult task; laying out the duties and responsibilities of the Christian life wile correcting and training in Godliness. Love them dearly and hold them in the highest regard! God is showing you tremendous grace by His provision of solid, Christ-centered leadership.
“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all…” (v14)
Be Thankful for those who struggle, doubt and lack strength. This is the beauty of church. That God would sufficiently endow His children with gifts according to His will, by His grace, that we would lock arms (Gal 6:2) and encourage one another as we press forward in the race He set out for us!
“See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone…” (v15)
Be thankful that God has set His perfect love as the goal of our maturity and growth. Be purposeful in your love. Seek any and every opportunity to display the example of Christ and His passionate pleasure in showing mercy where justice and vengeance should have reigned.
God supplies all that we need to grow, serve and display His goodness. To this end we ought to have no other response than ”Rejoicing always, praying without ceasing, and giving thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us…” (1 Thess 5:16-18)