Rejoice evermore

1 Thessalonians 5

Paul, having spoken of the coming of the Lord, now tells the Thessalonians that they were not curiously to inquire as to the appointed dale of the advent, but to live in daily preparation of the Lord’s appearing.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-10

To others the advent will be an unexpected calamity, to us a long hoped for day of exultation. Ours it is to live with Jesus always, so that life or death shall make no difference. As a child both sleeping and waking is at home in his father’s house, so whether here or in heaven we are still living together with Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Are we doing this? Mutual consolation and edification are very much too rare in these days.

1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13

Be well acquainted with your minister, and esteem him for the sake of his work and his Master. He has many trials, and his work is arduous: endeavour to cheer his heart.

1 Thessalonians 5:14-18

Prayer comes in between two precepts of joy. Praise, pray, and then praise again; ring the changes upon the silver bells of devotion.

1 Thessalonians 5:19

Resist not his sacred drawings, silence not his voice either in others or in your own soul.

1 Thessalonians 5:21

Some are so busy with proving all things that they forget to hold fast that which is good; such persons use compasses with one foot, and so cannot complete the circle of holy duty.

1 Thessalonians 5:22

You cannot be too careful: if there be any manifestation of evil, however slight, shun it at once. Flee from the lions roar, and you need not dread his teeth.

1 Thessalonians 5:25

If the apostle asked for prayer, how much more does our pastor need it! We ought never to forget him, either in family prayer or on our knees alone.

1 Thessalonians 5:26

Or as our western custom is, give them all a hearty shake of the hand. Christianity delights in sincere and loving courtesies.

 

I am waiting for the coming

Of the Lord who died for me;

Oh, his words have thrilled my spirit,

“I will come again for thee.”

 

I can almost hear his foot-fall

On the threshold of the door,

And my heart, my heart is longing

To be his for evermore.

 

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