18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Apparently at least one bit of evidence that the Spirit is at work in the life of the Christian and in the fellowship of Christians is the presence of a grateful heart. The word, “you” in Greek, the original language of the New Testament, is the plural form of “you”. This is the will of God for “you” which is to say for us in Christ Jesus. Each one of us, as members of a community, must own our portion of the thankfulness. Then, when people enter our fellowship, the gratitude is not only palpable but contagious (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon Shanghai Community Fellowship.