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.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
These verses are loaded with action words: rejoice, pray, give, hold on, and reject.
This is good advice from the apostle Paul, and its message is timeless.
I rejoice in salvation, in the love and redemptive power of Jesus, and in God’s great mercy and grace.
I rejoice because I have many sisters and brothers in Christ, and I am encouraged by your testimonies, your faith, and words of comfort, and encouragement.
I pray for all of you, that God’s presence would be mighty in your lives, and that you would receive comfort, peace, and help in all your troubles. I pray that you would be encouraged and strengthened in your faith.
I know that many prophecies are being fulfilled that concern the end times, but no one knows the day or the hour, only God. He is patient, because He is not willing that any should perish, but that all would have life.
I will hold on to what is good, and reject every kind of evil, with God’s help.
Thank You, Lord, for everything! Dear God, let Your will be done. Amen.