Posted by: jamsco | January 28, 2014

Application for Feb 1-2, 2014 :: 1 Thessalonians 5:18-22


1 Thessalonians 5:18-22

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

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This is the second half of Paul’s guidance to the Thessalonians for how to live in community.

As I was talking to my kids about this verse, I pointed out that these verses come very nearly at the end of the letter. I like how this suggests Paul’s theology. It’s not “Do all these good things and God will make the blessings true”. Rather, it’s “Because of all the good and true things that God has done for you, now go and act in this way in your church.”

And how will we live if we are believing the hopeful truths?

We’ll always give thanks to God – no matter what is happening.

We will try to be aware of when the Holy Spirit is working and not hinder Him.

We will test what is being said to make sure that it is from God.

We will see evil and avoid it.

We will do these things if we trust God and want to obey Him.

 

 
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[Just a reminder – many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

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