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1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 - November 4, 2010
You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
1 Thessalonians 2:10-12
In this second chapter of his letter to the Christians at Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul speaks about his life and work among those believers. He told them, “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us” (1 Thessalonians 2:8).
Paul ministered to them like a caring father for his dear children. The Apostle encouraged them especially in view of the fact that those people were suffering persecution because of their faith. He brought them comfort in those trying situations. And because they faced temptation to abandon Christ under the duress of their troubles, he urged them to remain faithful to the true God. For God called them to saving faith in Jesus. Finally, Paul reminded them, God will completely fulfill his loving will by delivering them from all earthly troubles when he will call them to the glory of heaven.
As you walk the way of faith in Jesus, encountering obstacles and difficulties, be encouraged by the promises of your Lord that he is always with you and stands beside you as your almighty helper. Take comfort in the certainty of his word that he will not allow anything to separate you from his love. Pray that he help you remain faithful to him until death and fill you with the hope of receiving the crown of eternal life which he won for you by his death and resurrection.
Take to heart the encouragement, the comfort, and the hope that God gives you in these words:
The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 5:10-11).
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