(13 verses, 1:35 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Paul was worried about the church in Thessalonica, so he sent Timothy to check on them from Athens. Timothy returns with the good news that their faith is intact, and Paul rejoices.
MARK & LEARN
- Remember, from 1 Thes 1:3, that Paul’s chief concerns are the church’s faith, hope, and love, and especially with the Thessalonians, he is concerned that in their afflictions they have lost hope. Notice how, in this chapter, Paul mentions their faith (3:5, 10) and their love (3:12). In chapter four Paul will talk more of love, and in chapter five (really beginning in 4:13), he will speak of their great hope in the coming of the Lord.
- Our lives are full of suffering. Suffering is related to hope. It is one of the mysteries of our Christian life that God and the devil are both using our suffering. The devil uses suffering to destroy our hope and bring us to despair. The Lord uses suffering to increase our hope, confirm us in hope, and to teach us character and patience. Consider Romans 5:1-5, and the connection Paul makes between tribulation and hope, and hope and faith.
- Prayer: O Lord, confirm our hope in our sufferings, that we would cast aside our idols and look forward to the joys of the resurrection of the body and life everlasting which You have won for us in the death of our Lord Jesus. Amen.
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