Today, let’s read 1 Thess 5:12-28, 2 Thess 1, 2, 3, and Acts 18:4-23. Paul sets such a tremendous example for us, but please take every opportunity to be directed back to Jesus – Paul is constantly pointing to Jesus as well. Over the next weeks, we’ll hear LOTS from Paul, and it is all valuable – but the Source is Jesus always! What’s your highlight today?
I love the Lord’s encouragement to Paul:
“One night the Master spoke to Paul in a dream: “Keep it up, and don’t let anyone intimidate or silence you. No matter what happens, I’m with you and no one is going to be able to hurt you. You have no idea how many people I have on my side in this city.” That was all he needed to stick it out. He stayed another year and a half, faithfully teaching the Word of God to the Corinthians.” Acts 18:9-11 MSG
In turn, Paul encourages the believers in Thessalonica in 1 Thess 5:1-11. The whole chapter is so powerful, but here’s one of my circles:
“God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 MSG
We ought take Paul’s example here: when the Lord gives us comfort, we ought to give comfort to other.
May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 MSG