Far more than ‘sundry’ good wishes, here are Paul’s five conditions for the presence of God: the maintaining of joy; living a full-spectrum Christian life; knowing how to gain comfort in trials; being of one mind with believers; and being a peace-maker.
Paul’s closing counsels set before us the duties of Christian cheerfulness, keeping spiritual perspective and faith alive, being of one mind as a church family and maintaining harmony. Here are the steps to be taken, and the great reward of God’s presence in our midst.
Hymn 348 from our hymn book, Psalms & Hymns of Reformed Worship. THY presence, gracious God, afford, Prepare us to receive Thy Word: Now let Thy voice engage our ear, And faith be mixed with what we hear. Open our hearts, O Lord, and bless, And crown Thy Gospel with success. Distracting thoughts and cares … Continued