Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;2
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.3
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;4
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.5
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.6
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.7
Be not ye therefore partakers with them.8
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:9
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.11
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.12
For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.13
But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.14
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.15
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,16
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.17
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.18
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;19
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;20
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;21
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Sometimes in the midst of trials it is difficult to give thanks. We may be inclined to postpone thanksgiving until some future time when we will have passed successfully through the trying experiences of the present. Today we may have some very difficult situations to meet. Perhaps we are longing for relief from them by the end of the day. We may feel that we can truly give thanks then!
When the Lord delivers us from our afflictions we should give fervent thanks. But Paul instructs us that we should give thanks always for all things. This means that before and during our trials, as well as after them, we should give thanks. This means, also, that we should give thanks to God not simply for deliverance from our trials, and not simply in spite of our trials, but also for the trials that He has appointed for us. Our God causes all things to work together for our good and His glory. In everything we are to give thanks. And whatever we do in word or deed, we are to do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Colossians 3:17).
Welcome to "Think on These Things," a twelve-week daily devotional prepared by the late Dr. John H. Skilton, an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and for many years Chairman of the New Testament Department at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.
We are indebted to P & R Publishing and Skilton House Ministries for permission to use this copyrighted material on the OPC Web site. (P & R held the copyright from 1975 to 2005, at which time they reassigned the copyright to Skilton House.)