Rejoice Always

The Twenty-first Day of Advent

“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, 

Rejoice always.

Pray without ceasing.

Give thanks in all circumstances.

These three verses can be a bit daunting if one takes into account all that goes on in this life. It is not always easy to rejoice in many everyday circumstances. Praying without ceasing seems pretty difficult. Being thankful no matter the circumstance is a tall order.

These verses are part of Paul’s closing remarks to the Thessalonians in his first letter to them. As a reminder, Paul is letting the Thessalonians know that life should not dictate how they go about their day or how they react to the curveballs that get thrown at them. Christ should.

Our relationship with the wonderful Prince of Peace should permeate every little thing that we do, feel, think, and say throughout our daily lives that there is no room for anything else but Him.

No matter the circumstances we find ourselves in this Advent season, we can and will find joy in our Lord if we seek Him and His will for our lives. We look to Him for our joy today, as well as our joy for tomorrow. We look forward to His return and the joy that awaits us with the return of our King!

Jimmy Gunn

Author: Aaron Hufty

Aaron Hufty is the Associate Pastor for Worship and Music at FBCSA.

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