These past few days have been days we will remember. From COVID-19, job loss reports, rioting, and more, it seems like the news is filled with all bad news. I pray that you will turn the TV off. Take time today, and go to God’s Word. Also, make sure that you watch tonight at 6 PM our Virtual VBS! Get on there and make sure that you are communicating with us through our Facebook!
Read: 1 Thessalonians 3-5
Paul writes this letter and the next to a church in Thessalonica. This church is primarily gentile, they are new believers, and Paul hopes to give them encouragement to godly living and Christian Doctrine.
1. They are encouraged. The power of encouragement is remarkable. Encouragement can change someone’s life. To be encouraging to someone is not all that difficult, to say a kind word, uplift someone, to show them, love. To receive encouragement can spur someone to take their next step, to move forward. Paul says that encouragement kept him going through the midst of persecution. Who has been encouraging to you lately? Who have you encouraged?
2. Live a godly life. For Paul, living a holy life was non-negotiable. Anyone that claims the name of Christ should reflect that in their walk. That our walk should be a testimony of the work that Christ does inside you; this is time for reflection. Are you different from last year? Are you different from when Jesus saved you? How is the Lord changing you? What is He drawing you towards?
3. Doctrine encourages. The idea of death scares all people. No one really wants to die. Death is a subject that we all must face. In this, it seems that the church was struggling with what happens after death. Paul is encouraging them to take hope. That in death, there is great hope. That we do not grieve as those without hope, because we know that in death, we are present with the Lord. In death, we will be present with the great redeemer.
4. He is coming soon. The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. The Lord is coming back soon. Our prayer is, come Lord come.
Friends, I pray that you are encouraged. I pray that you take hope in God’s Word.