And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Th 5:14-18 NIV)
Prayer: LORD, I cannot say that I feel like being joyful or thankful all the time. Help me look beyond my feelings and trust that You will work out all things for my good in the end, no matter what they are now. For that I can be thankful. I have hope that the way things are now is not the way they will remain. Thank You for making a way for me to have real joy that does not depend on circumstances. In Jesus’ name, Amen.