Joy

Rejoice, pray, give thanks!

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Joy is appropriate at all times.  Praying without ceasing does not mean pray repetitiously or continuously without a break, but rather pray persistently and regularly.  Thanklessness is a trait of unbelievers.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

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Promised comfort

John 14;27

In verses 14:15-31 of John, Jesus promises believers comfort from 5 supernatural blessings that the world does not enjoy: 1) a supernatural Helper (vv. 15-17); 2) a supernatural life (vv. 18,19); 3) a supernatural union (vv. 20-25); 4) a supernatural Teacher (v. 26); and 5) a supernatural peace (vv. 27-31).  The key to all of this is John 14:15 which relates that these supernatural promises are for those who love Jesus Christ, whose love is evidenced by obedience.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, summary notes for John 14:15-31.

Lost Living

luke 15;13

The prodigal son evidently took his share in liquid assets, and left, abandoning his father, and heading into a life of iniquity.  His life became not one of merely wasteful extravagance, but also wanton immorality (Luke 15:30).  The Greek word for “prodigal” means “dissolute” and conveys the idea of an utterly debauched lifestyle.  The main feature of this parable, however, is the joy of God and the celebrations that fill heaven when a sinner repents.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 15:13.