Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
What this means to me on this Sunday morning,
Rejoice always, rejoice: to feel joy or great delight. God wants us to delight in his love.
Pray without ceasing, ceasing: to bring to an end, to stop. God does not want us to stop praying, and we shouldn’t. It can seem sometimes that you pray and pray and those prayers go unanswered, no one is listening. But God is listening, he does answer, he answers according to his plans, not ours. We have to remember that we are to live out our lives based on God’s plan, not ours.
Give thanks in all circumstances; in all. Notice the verse says in all, not for all. God doesn’t want us to give thanks for being sick, for losing a loved one, but he does want us to find something in that circumstance to give thanks for. And there always is, if we only take the time to look at it from a different perspective. I was in a car accident, the car was brand new and it was totaled. I’m not thankful that it was totaled, but I am thankful that I wasn’t seriously injuried, I didn’t kill anyone, I walked away and saw my family once more, for that I am truly thankful.
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you, will: wish or desire. These are the things that God desires for us.
God desires that we delight and find joy in his love, that we never stop praying for the things we need to carry out his plan not ours, and that we find something to give thanks for in every circumstance, good or bad.