Build each other up: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (Point out to someone a quality you appreciate in him or her)
Respect leaders: 1 Thessalonians 5:12 (Look for ways to cooperate with others and influence them to greater achievement)
Hold leaders in highest regard: 1 Thessalonians 5:13 (Hold back your next critical comment about those in positions of responsibility. Say “thank you” to your leaders for their efforts; pray for them regularly)
Live in peace: 1 Thessalonians 5:13 (Seek ways to get along with others)
Warn those who are lazy: 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (Challenge someone to join you in a project)
Encourage the timid: 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (Encourage those who are timid by reminding them of God’s promises; help them see themselves from God’s perspective)
Help the weak: 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (Support those who are weak by loving them and praying for them)
Be patient: 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (Think of a situation that tries your patience and plan ahead of time how you can stay calm)
Resist revenge: 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (Instead of planning to get even with those who mistreat you, do good to them)
Be joyful: 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (Remember that even in the midst of turmoil, God is in charge)
Pray continually: 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (God is always with you – talk to him)
Give thanks: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (Make a list of all the gifts God has given you, giving thanks to God for each one)
Do not put out the Spirit’s fire: 1 Thessalonians 5:19 (Cooperate with the Spirit the next time he prompts you to participate in kingdom work)
Do not treat prophecies with contempt: 1 Thessalonians 5:20 (Receive God’s Word from those who teach it or speak His Word)
Avoid every evil: 1 Thessalonians 5:22 (Avoid situations where you will be drawn into temptation; plan your way of escape)
Count on God’s help: 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (Realize that the Christian life is to be lived not in our own strength but through God’s power)
via Life Application Study Bible
Given all that's going on in the world, this quote from Charles Spurgeon feels very appropriate:
"May it never be said of any of us, 'Well, he may be somewhat a Christian, but he is far more a clever money-getting tradesman,' I would not have it said 'Well, he may be a believer in Christ, but he is a good deal more a politician,' 'Perhaps he is a Christian, but he is most at home when he is talking about science, farming, engineering, horses, mining, navigation, or pleasure-talking,' No, no, we will never know the fullness of the joy that Jesus brings to the soul unless, under the power of the Holy Spirit, we take the Lord our Master to be our all in all, and make him the fountain of our delight! 'He is my Savior, my Christ, and my Lord.' Let this be our loudest boast."
Charles Spurgeon died in 1892 - replace "science, farming, engineering" with "hunting, fishing, shopping, sports, or news." What do you spend most of your time talking about? All of those things are okay in their place, but Christ should be at the forefront of all we do. Let his mercy, grace, and goodness be our loudest boast!
In these tough times, let this song encourage you that if we keep our faith in Jesus, we'll make it through!
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