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1 Thessalonians 5:12-20 The Passion Translation (TPT)

12 Dear brothers and sisters, make sure that you show your deep appreciation for those who cherish you and diligently work as ministers among you. For they are your leaders who care for you, teach you, and stand before the Lord on your behalf. 13 They value you with great love. Because of their service to you, let peace reign among yourselves.[a]

14 We appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, to instruct those who are not in their place of battle.[b] Be skilled at gently encouraging those who feel themselves inadequate.[c] Be faithful to stand your ground. Help the weak to stand again. Be quick to demonstrate patience with everyone. 15 Resist revenge, and make sure that no one pays back evil in place of evil but always pursue doing what is beautiful to one another and to all the unbelievers.

16 Let joy be your continual feast.[d] 17 Make your life a prayer. 18 And in the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.[e]

19 Never restrain or put out the fire of the Holy Spirit. 20 And don’t be one who scorns prophecies,[f]


  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:13 Verses 12–13 are translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “Brothers and sisters, we appeal to you to respect [recognize] those who labor among you and have oversight of your lives in the Lord and admonish you. Show them as much respect as possible with great love because of all they do for you. Be at peace among yourselves.” Church leaders deserve our financial support and love because of the work they do for our benefit.
  2. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Or “those who are disorderly,” or “those who are idle.” The Greek word ataktos is often used for troops that are not in battle formation (unarranged).
  3. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Or “those who are losing heart [fainthearted].”
  4. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 The Aramaic can be translated “Be joyous in every season.”
  5. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Verses 16–18 identify three areas our lives we must focus on: (1) unbounded joy, (2) praying continually, and (3) giving thanks to God no matter happens in our lives. These three virtues combine to form the wonderful expression of Christ’s life within us.
  6. 1 Thessalonians 5:20 There is an implication in the context of vv. 19–20 that we put out the Spirit’s fire when we scorn prophecy. Prophecy is a valid gift of the Holy Spirit needed by the church today. There is no place in Scripture or in church history that indicates the gift of prophecy has ceased or disappeared. It is an active function of the Holy Spirit in the church around the world. We must not ignore, despise, or scorn any true gift of the Holy Spirit. Putting out the fire of the Holy Spirit (v. 19) is connected to scorning the prophetic ministry. We need prophets and prophecy to keep the fire (inspiration) of the Holy Spirit burning in our hearts. See 1 Cor. 12–14.
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