When the Apostle Paul wrote his second letter to the Thessalonians he was responding to their endurance during often violent oppression. The Christians were a minority in Thessalonica and were being persecuted for their beliefs; nevertheless, they remained faithful. It’s not uncommon for Christians to still face persecution in many places around the world today. Even living in a largely Christian country it is still possible to face persecution from those who are opposed to Christian faith. It may be more subtle but it can still be painful. In all cases, followers of Jesus have each other to lean on as well as the power of God through the Holy Spirit. Your faith in God is what will keep you safe and protected.
“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.” 2 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)
God is watching and taking note of your every action. As you walk with Jesus know that He is with you in all situations. Reach out and take hold of the hand of God when things get difficult. Find your strength in His Word. Find your strength in your faith in God.
“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NIV)
Your faith in God is the assurance that all will be made right. In time, every wrong will be corrected. In time, all suffering will vanish. Jesus is on His way back and He will be looking for you when He returns. Be ready at all times by standing firm in your faith.
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV)
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