Sunday 14 July, 2013

2 Thessalonians 1:1-4

1 I, Paul, am writing this letter. Silas and Timothy join me in writing. We are sending this letter to you, the members of the church in Thessalonica. You belong to God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 May God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. 3 Brothers and sisters, we should always thank God for you. That is only right, because your faith is growing more and more. The love you all have for each other is increasing. 4 So among God’s churches we brag about the fact that you don’t give up easily. We brag about your faith in all the suffering and testing you are going through.

The Thessalonians are described by Paul as a people who’s faith and love is noticeably growing and increasing, even in the midst of persecutions and trials.

There is a principle here, that can encourage me. That no matter what the challenge or difficulty I may be facing, I can continue to grow in faith and in love for others, even when such circumstances would seemingly frustrate or squash my ability or to believe God or love others.

Lord, thank you for the example of the Thessalonians. Help me to be someone who grows in faith, love, and perseveres in these even in the midst of challenge, for your word shows me that it is possible.

Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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