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1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 (NIV)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil. 23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
Paul rattles off a pretty difficult “to-do list” for us Christians. He tells us to always rejoice, pray, and give thanks while always rejecting evil. That is hard when your kids are driving you nuts, your job is causing tremendous stress, and your health is not what it used to be. But then Paul reminds us that God is the One who causes us to live in this way. God is faithful and He will sanctify you. So while you seek to be good people who always give thanks even when you are facing death, you can persist in faith that God is the one who strengthens you and causes you to be blameless at the “coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”.