First Thessalonians 5:18 is one of those Bible verses that you might wish wasn’t there. It calls us to do what we aren’t by nature geared to do. The Apostle Paul writes, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

I am all for celebrating those blessings that make me smile, but that which rips my heart out, not so much. At the very least, I am especially glad that the Scripture doesn’t command us to be grateful “for” all things because being appreciative of cancer, death, discouragement, anxiety and despair makes no sense to me whatsoever. I don’t believe that Jesus was grateful for all the suffering that He had to endure upon the cross as much as He was standing upon the truth that His heavenly Father was working even the bad things together for good when all was said and done. I am so grateful that the Lord can redeem our messes into masterpieces!

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