Short Thoughts on a Few Short Verses

1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
16. Rejoice evermore.
17. Pray without ceasing.
18. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus concerning you.
19. Quench not the Spirit.

The apostle Paul fires off several quick, but powerful exhortations in 1 Thessalonians 5 as he concludes his letter to the believers at Thessalonica. It can be a tall order living up to them.

First, it’s not always easy to rejoice. Yet, when a person is in Christ, it’s possible to have joy in the midst of whatever may be happening around us.

As for prayer, people have written hundreds of books about it. Notice how Paul says what he has to say in three words. “Pray without ceasing.”

That simply means conversing with the Lord at any time, day or night. He’s always there. Sometimes short sentences without plattitudes are the most effective. Plus, we don’t have to hide ourselves away in a monestary to pray without ceasing.

And, as we know, there’s much to pray for and about.

When it comes to being thankful, notice verse 18 says “In everything give thanks.” It doesn’t say “For everything give thanks.” However, no matter what the situation, look for something for which to give thanks.

In my opinion, next comes the greatest challenge of all. “Quench not the Spirit.” It’s my prayer that we each be sensitive to the Holy Spirit so we can do that which is pleasing to Him. After all, how else can we glorify our Lord?

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