“Having attended three funerals in as many weeks and sharing in the loss and grief, I was brought up with a bit of a jolt when my bible reading led me to those three words of Paul in 1 Thess 5:16 that says: ‘Be joyful always’.
However my memory quickly reminded me of the old saying: ‘The quantity of joyfulness in our lives depends on the quality of our thoughts’.
Assuming there is a lot of truth in that, then it will be difficult for us to enjoy a quantity of joyfulness in our lives if our thoughts are focused on our pains and illnesses or our difficulties and problems or our anxieties and fears.
what we must do is to focus on important unchanging and uplifting
truths such as ‘God hasn’t changed’, ‘Salvation is wonderful’, ‘Jesus is the same’, ‘Prayer is an open door’, ‘A bible is at hand’, ‘Friends are close by’, ‘The Holy Spirit is with us–closer than our next breath’ and ‘As believers we have a place reserved for us in Heaven’.
Hopefully it’s then that we will be able to claim some measure of ‘being joyful always’, irrespective of how tough our circumstances may be at the time.”
– Ray Gerry