Young's This allows joy to be the fruit, the blessing of the Almighty, rather than the direct object of our pursuit. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. We should be thankful to the God the Father first, then God the Son, giving thanks in the name of Jesus Christ. Darby Is God involved only in the "good" things of life? John W. Ritenbaugh Sovereignty and Its Fruit: Part Ten. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. "Walk circumspectly" indicates keeping the commandments. Maybe we were involved in an accident and injured or delayed so that we were late for a meeting, costing a large sale or the loss of a client? This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. K.J.V. John W. Ritenbaugh All thanksgiving should be expressed through Christ. Paul advises us to make the most profitable use of our time, considering the state of this world. He warns us not to be foolish, and always to consider, search for, and focus upon the purpose God is working out. A.S.V. They will sing songs of praise. A.F.V Paul carries the subject into a smaller venue, the home and marriage relationships. Paul's counsel is not to seek joy in the sensuous, self-centered, worldly ways that produce dissipation or debauchery, but rather to be filled with the Spirit, singing and meditating on God's Word as we give thanks in all circumstances. No, in people who live by faith, it is neither of these because real faith always rejoices in the Lord, knowing He is involved in all aspects of life. A third modal definition to the πληροῦσθε ἐν πνεύματι , likewise co-ordinate with the two preceding ones, bringing into prominence—after the general singing of praise , etc., of Ephesians 5:19 , which is to take place as well audibly as in the heart—further, and in particular, the thanksgiving , which the readers have always for all things to render to God. For some, following the apostle Paul's advice to “give thanks always” is difficult, and indeed, we all often stumble over it. Amplified® The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. Paul does not say that they will judge, criticize, and correct. Ephesians 5:20. He shows the relevance of submitting to marital unity, then in chapter 6, he moves into parent-and-child unity. Or maybe lightning struck the house, an earthquake damaged it, or a burglar broke in and stole valuables? I.S.V. Is this just fatalistic acquiescence or blind credulity? We can be very grateful to God when things go well. Ephesians 5:15-20 "Joy" does not appear in this passage, but Paul's purpose is to instruct us how to produce the sustained sense of well-being that should mark a Christian's life.When a person feels good about life, about who and what he is, what he is doing with his life, and where it is headed, a sense of joy is always present. The verse contains a play on words. Those who are filled with the spirit (verse 18) will exhort and instruct each other. Ephesians 5:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ephesians 5:20, NIV: "always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Then in verse 18 he makes an interesting contrast that directly involves producing the joy that should accompany the life of anyone heeding these instructions. And for all things - Prosperous or adverse, since al] work together for good.In the name of, or through, our Lord Jesus Christ - By whom we receive all good things. NASB E-Prime Paul's exhortation to the Philippian church (Philippians 4:4) is nothing short of a call to faith of those undergoing some sort of heavy trial. Suppose, however, that the trip was not so successful. Unity (Part 7): Ephesians 4 (D). It is no accident that alcohol is associated with "Spirit." The Bereans "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11). Compare all. "Joy" does not appear in this passage, but Paul's purpose is to instruct us how to produce the sustained sense of well-being that should mark a Christian's life. Paul's instructions are timeless in producing this. For example, did Job bemoan his "bad luck" or murmur against God? If a Christian believes that his life and all its circumstances are in the hands of the sovereign, wise, and loving God who is always working for his good, then he can truly rejoice always.