1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 (NASB) ‘But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. Brethren, pray for us . Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.’
In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, but especially under society’s current distresses, thank you for reminding me, Lord, to not lose focus, to not forget what it is you expect from me… patience, temperance, wisdom, compassion, joy, discernment, deliberation, correction… today, tomorrow and every day after, regardless of circumstance. Amen. Have a blessed weekend.
In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,