025301 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.
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1 Thessalonians 5:12 But we ask you, brothers and sisters, to recognize those who diligently labor among you and are in leadership over you in the Lord, and give you instruction, 13 and that you regard them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. 14 We urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek what is good for one another and for all people. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit, 20 do not utterly reject prophecies, 21 but examine everything; hold firmly to that which is good, 22 abstain from every form of evil.
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will do it.
Whether it is a quiet reckoning of the soul conducted in the quiet of a singular moment, or whether it happens by a “lashing of your self to the mast” (Odyssey, Homer) coming to grips with the storms of passion that frequently rage in a person’s soul this particular scripture shines as a beacon of hope, light and clarity answering the question for all time; “What do I do now?”
There is no more clear or succinct instruction and promise leading the believer to a holy and blameless life than this. The more we engage every instruction above the more the Holy Spirit works in us. Consider if you will any of the academic disciplines. The issue of continuing education is always adding some upward emphasis to the life of the true academic. Keeping abreast of the latest developments in their field. So too with the Christian life. We bask in the glory of a new relationship. Then we are challenged to go forth in that relationship and “do the works” (1 Timothy 6:18) which bring about good to the Christian community. In this we grow and move upward toward the goal of being entirely sanctified.
…more to come