that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.“
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials…”
Seems contradictory until you realize that the battle is in the mind. Satan would have us complain and groan about the circumstances of our lives. God would have us offer up praise to Him because He is in control and loves us. When we sacrifice our opportunity to complain and gripe and replace it with words of praise and thanksgiving, the Holy Spirit responds and our emotions are lifted and become in line with the truth of who our God is. Life is up and down. You don’t have to ride that roller coaster in your thought life. Live a life steady by turning everything into praise and let God handle life’s rough spots!