"See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil." - 1 Thessalonians 15:15-22
SPIRITUAL TO-DO'S LIST:
Don't repay evil with evil + Always seek to do good to everyone: Retaliation is never a Christian option (Romans 12:17-18). Christians are called to forgive (Matthew 5:38–42; 18:21–35; Ephesians 4:32). I've experienced great peace when I've prayed for those who've done evil to me.
Rejoice always: Joy is appropriate at all times - "whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord." Philippians 3:1 (James 1:2; 1 Peter 4:13).
Pray without ceasing: To pray without ceasing is to recognize that all our actions are done before God and all our conversations include him. (Roman 1:9–10; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 1:3; 2 Timothy 1:3).
Don't quench the Spirit: The fire of God’s Spirit is not to be doused with sin. Believers are also instructed to not grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30), but to be controlled by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and to walk by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16).
Give thanks in all circumstances: Thankfulness should characterize the Christian life in every circumstance, not thanks for everything but thanks in everything. For us to be able to thank God in all things, we must be able to see Him in every detail of our lives. Our hearts should be grateful toward Him, even when we face difficulties, because we know He is intimately involved in our circumstances and will work everything for our good if we have faith and obey Him (Romans 8:28).
Don't despise prophecies (teaching of God's Word): When God’s Word is preached or read, it is to be received with great seriousness (2 Peter 1:19–21; Revelations 1:3; 22:7, 10, 18, 19).
Test everything against the Word of God: This call for careful examination and discernment is in response to the command of verse 20. One is never to downgrade the proclamation of God’s Word, but to examine the preached word carefully (1 Corinthians 14:29, Act 17:11).
Hold fast to what is good: What is found to be “good” is to be wholeheartedly embraced (2 Thessalonians 3:13).
Abstain from EVERY evil: What is “evil”or unbiblical is to be shunned. Giving in to sin will lead to more sin; denying sin more and more builds strength and makes resistance easier (1 Thessalonians 5:22).