2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
13 Brothers and sisters, we should always thank God for you. The Lord loves you. That’s because God chose you as the first to be saved. Salvation comes through the Holy Spirit’s work. He makes people holy. It also comes through believing the truth. 14 He chose you to be saved by accepting the good news that we preach. And you will share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Brothers and sisters, remain strong in the faith. Hold on to what we taught you. We passed our teachings on to you by what we preached and wrote. 16 Our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father loved us. By his grace God gave us comfort that will last forever. The hope he gave us is good. May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father 17 comfort your hearts. May they make you strong in every good thing you do and say.
We, just like the Thessalonians, have been given an undeserved gift of life because of the love of God. God the Father sent His Son Jesus to earth, to live as a man, to die on a cross and to rise from the dead. And in doing so Jesus has shown us how to live in relationship with the Father, and he has made it possible by taking away our sins that have separated us from him, and he has demonstrated that eternal life and good hope is certain. He has done it all! We just need to believe it and stand firm in it.
So let’s do it! Let’s hold to this truth. Let’s read it, speak it, listen to it and encourage each other in it. Let’s let this good hope and this amazing love be first in minds and on the tip of our tongues.
Jesus may this wonderful truth, this in unfathomable good news, continue to influence every part of who we are and what we do. May we be your “good fruit”, your people of influence, in our communities.
Written by Zoe Stewart