1 Thessalonians 4-5; 2 Thessalonians 1
Observation: As much as we talk about God’s will, we have two simple statements in these chapters that define it for us. There isn’t much of a point of talking about seeking God’s will in areas of life if we aren’t seeking to obey what He has already revealed.
Question: If we believe in heaven, does that mean we shouldn’t be sad when fellow believers go to heaven? Paul helps us to see that dead believers are alive and well in the presence of God. Yet, he doesn’t tell us to not grieve, he says we should be able to grieve with hope.
Application: I want to live so that my faith is seen in all of my actions and my love for others is constantly increasing.
Prayer: God of peace, finish the work You have started in me by sanctifying me completely.
I will admit that I get angry when my faith is attacked by people who do not know me and who would deny me the right to express my beliefs. Paul’s words in 2 Thessalonians 1: 6-9 tell me to calm down. God is in control and will take care of things.
The wonderful reminder not to grumble, 1 Thessalonians 5:16 “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”