Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4, New International Version)
…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18, New International Version)
Theme: Rejoicing and Thanksgiving
Many thanks to those who shared their definitions yesterday. Words can lose their significance through common usage. It is sometimes helpful to revisit and reflect on important words. Rejoicing and thanksgiving certainly fall in the important category.
One important take-away from the definitions provided yesterday is the implied recognition that our views of rejoicing and thanksgiving are impacted by how we relate to God. We will return to this important concept later in our 40-day journey.
Today we want to focus on Paul’s insistence that we perpetually maintain an attitude of rejoicing and thanksgiving. Rejoicing “in the Lord always” and giving thanks “in all circumstances.” Paul’s admonitions hold the potential to profoundly impact our lives.
Bible Study Passages:
Our Scripture passages are again presented above. Please continue to reflect on the verses and answer the questions below.
How do you relate to the expectations of rejoicing in the Lord always and giving thanks in all circumstances? Do you think these are realistic expectations?
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