Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
This time of year many are drawn to think of thanks and even praise. Paul reminds us this attitude of worship should always be in the Beliver.
Job 1:13-22 Job 2:7-10 Job teaches us to be faithful even when all seems lost. Our hope can be strong in all things, as children of God.
Ephesians 5:21- 6:9
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Ephesians 5:21 NIV
Mutual submission is lifting one another up in love and respect. It is the heart of Family and community relationship. God values family even using itto describe His relationship to The Church. The Husband (Christ) giving himself in love for us, as we submit in love to God’s plans and guidance in our lives.
This attitude of love, respect, and lifting one another up moves beyad the husband and wife and out to our kids. Then that same idea should move into how we treat all people from work to the marketplace.
Families are an important fondation of faith and to living in community.
Understand prayer a bit more in this lesson:
I thank God for our forefathers with vision to leave us a nation seeking liberty and justice. I also thank God for those who have died, and served protecting our liberties. I am also grateful for those serving now, many away from their families, so we can remain free.
God, please continue to protect those serving, give their families encouragement. Give us peace and sincere wisdom. And, help us to seek peace and blessing for one another. May we never take this gift of justice and liberty for granted.
– Pastor Dan