1st Thessalonians 5:12-24

Thoughts for reflection:  These are most likely the verses you are most familiar with in either 1st or 2nd Thessalonians.  Most of us have heard, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all things.”  It is important to note it says, “give thinks in all things”, and it does not say “give thanks for all things.”  Paul is imploring us to have an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness irrespective of our situation or circumstance.  Paul is not asking us to be grateful or thankful for our situations or circumstances when we suffer.  While this distinction may seem minor, the implications of it can have a significant impact on our faith.  When we suffer, are we commanded to give thanks for suffering ?!?  No!  However, we can be grateful for God’s presence and provisions in our life no matter what we are going through.

When in your life have you found it easiest to be thankful to God?  When has it been the hardest?  How much does your current situation impact your thankfulness and gratitude towards God?

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