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.
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.
What happened following the persecution of Christians by Saul described in Acts 7, 8.
It is unusual for people to mistreat those who are zealous for good. Even a hostile world is slow to hurt people who are benefactors of society, who are kind and caring, but it does happen.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Peter 3:13.
Happy Valentine’s Day and
No stronger passage in the Old or New Testaments exists for the absolute, eternal security of every true Christian.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for John 10:28,29.
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.