Reflection on 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12

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Passage: https://www.biblegateway.com/search?%s=2+Thessalonians+1.1-12

Scripture

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.

Observation

Paul tells the Thessalonians that he always thanks God for them because they are growing in faith and in love for one another.

They will be counted worthy of the Kingdom of God for which they are suffering. When the Lord Jesus returns, those who trouble them will receive judgement. All who do not know God will be punished with everlasting judgement and shut out from the presence and majesty of the Lord.

Paul prays for them constantly that God will fulfil every good deed prompted by their faith.

Application

What pleases God about our walk with Him is that we grow in faith in Him and in love for our brothers and sisters. Along with this, naturally, comes opposition. This may take the form of outright persecution or more subtle forms of mockery and derision.

In all of this, we must look to the big picture, that God is working out His purposes in us and through us. Those who remain hostile to God will experience God’s rigthteous judgement, eternal separation from Him.

That judgement will come; we don’t need to make it happen. In the meantime we set our hearts on growing in faith and love.

Prayer

Eternal Father, you are holy and righteous, gracious and loving. Help me to grow in my experience of you each and every day

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