Paul and his co-worker’s letter to the church in Thessalonica is believed to be the earliest of all New Testament writings, perhaps written as early as 43 A.D.
In this passage we learn about the way God wants us to live.
Rejoice! Pray! Give thanks in all circumstances! (Even when life is difficult) See 1 Peter 1:6-7.
Do not quench the Spirit! In Matthew we are told that God baptizes us with the Holy Spirit and fire. In 2 Timothy 1:6 we learn that a Spirit of power, love and self discipline is a gift of God. May the God of peace keep our Spirits, souls, and bodies whole and blameless.
He came! He comes to us! He will come again!
Let us live whole heartedly and alive in the Spirit.
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee:
Thou art giving and forgiving, Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living, Ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, All who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, Lift us to the Joy divine.
(A verse from The Poems of Henry van Dyke, 1911)
In the hymn, Joy to the World, the words of Isaac Watts, 1719, also express the way God wants us to live.
Written in the joy of Christ’s coming by Myrna Diven