reading “the verse” in it’s full context is always helpful and often the meat around “the verse” is juicier than “the main portion”. While I love the SOAP passage, I definitely think verses 1-21 enhance verse 19 and bring the fuller flavor or meaning of the verse to the surface. Don’t stop with the main course though or you’ll miss the wonderful dessert found when reading through to verse 31. It’s like icing on a cake.
What I love about Paul is that often when he told the people ‘what not to do’ he followed it up with ‘what to do’.
“the greatest thing is to give thanks for everything. He who has learned this knows what it means to live … ” Ann Voskamp
“Joy is a function of gratitude – and gratitude is a function of perspective.” Ann VosKamp