1 Thessalonians 5
16 Rejoice evermore.
We are saved, thus we should show our happiness to others and to God
By rejoicing to others we show them that they are missing something special
17 Pray without ceasing.
We can pray a lot more than we do!
18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Our prayers need to be balanced to include prayers of thanksgiving to God
19 Quench not the Spirit.
We can quench the Spirit that is within us and thus we, and our hearts, need to be in the Word, in prayer and in fellowship continually.
20 Despise not prophesyings.
We need to enjoy, in our heart, the preaching and teaching of the Word.
We need to also make sure that we are studying the Word at home.
The Word needs to be living in us and it cannot be living in us unless we are studying, receiving the preaching and teaching, and working to understand the meaning of Godís words.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
We, Bruce and I, will never purposely lead you astray or teach you a foreign truth BUT we are human and make mistakes.
You need to make sure to study what we have told you in the Bible and see if it fits.
If you find something that does not match the Word, tell us and we will study it with you. You might well be right!
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
We need to present a pure behavior to all.
However we are human so when we trip we need to get up and make it right with God and others.
This is not a license to sin but an acknowledgement that we are imperfect.