Friday, October 9, 2009

1 Thessalonians 5:19

"Quench not the Spirit."
1 Thessalonians 5:19

Sometimes short verses seem simple, since with such few words you should be able to get your head around it. :) The cool thing is that even short ones like this have so much depth. Quench not the spirit means to not do anything to stifle the spirit, or to prevent yourself from feeling the spirit... and how much is involved with that? A lot. It means we have to do things to encourage the spirit to be there with us... reading our scriptures and praying are some of the basics of that. It also means that we have to avoid doing things that will drive away the spirit. Lying, cheating, stealing, and some of the other commandments... murder, inappropriate sexual behavior, etc. Some of the basics. Beyond the basics there is even more... being kind, avoiding criticism. Until one day, every moment is filled with the Spirit. ... Which I think would be utterly amazing. Today, we shouldn't be down on ourselves because we aren't there yet, but let's work on it. Let's think about it today, as we go throughout our day... what can we do during the day to invite the spirit? What things can we avoid doing that might quench the spirit? ... And, in general, the more spirit, the better the day... so let's go out and have the best day ever. :)

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