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
Yesterday we considered the high bar set for Christians with regards to the biblical prescriptions to rejoice in the Lord always and give thanks in all circumstances. However, as we saw in the excellent comments yesterday, the bar is not too high when God provides the necessary resources.
The comments yesterday also provided honest reflections on how we often feel when we are under the pressure of life’s challenges. For example, when we are experiencing significant trials related to health, relationships, or finances. Also, the times when we mourn because of significant losses. As we close out our Group Bible Study, we will focus more specifically on the dilemma of rejoicing in the Lord and giving thanks in all circumstances when we are dealing with serious challenges.
Bible Study Passages:
Our Scripture passages are again presented above. Please continue your reflection on the verses and respond to the question below.
Are there any passages of scripture, thoughts, or activities that encourage you in reconciling the biblical expectations related to rejoicing and thanksgiving with our typical responses to the challenges of life?
Sharing your thoughts could be a big help to someone else. Please leave a comment on the blog.
February 24, 2023 at 7:35 am
Phil 4: 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
February 24, 2023 at 10:29 pm
This is my passage also as I have been having anxiety visit me in the last 2 years.
February 24, 2023 at 8:35 am
Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deut. 31:6
February 24, 2023 at 9:05 am
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you…
Romans 8:28 All things work together for good for those who love God…
Matthew 6:34 Do not worry about tomorrow….
There are so many. The ones that Toni and Phyllis wrote are powerful.
February 25, 2023 at 6:12 am
“The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?”
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.””
February 25, 2023 at 7:26 am
“ He gives strength to the weary. and increases. The power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. “
Isaiah 40: 29-31