1 Thessalonians 2. Forum Discussion

The second chapter of 1st Thessalonians is a relatively short chapter. Paul is defending his body of work spreading the gospel and voices that those efforts, “Were not in vain.”

What a fascinating life Paul lived and how lucky we are to be able to read about his life through God’s inspired word. As an apostle, Paul saw the day to day workings of Jesus, how He was treated and how Jesus handled the adversity that came His way. The teachings of Jesus would be necessary tools for Paul who was beaten himself and sent to prison.

In verse 9, Paul talks about working, “Night and day” to exhort and encourage, “As a father would his own children.” You can see Paul’s deep love for the Thessalonians. You can also see that he’s been through a lot. Imagine being one of the original apostles of Christ, seeing him be put to death, and now working to spread the gospel and being jailed and beaten yourself. It could not have been easy. One of the key take-aways in this chapter is when Paul exhorts the Thessalonians to, “Walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”

An important question that we all can reflect on is, “What are we doing in our own lives to walk in a manner that is worthy of God?” Some would say that the basics are the best teaching and reinforcement tools that we have. So, what does it mean to be walking in a manner that is worthy of God? More than anything, it comes down to our efforts to be like Christ. The character is in the trying. Jesus says in John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” The best way to draw closer to Jesus is to study His commandments and then put what we have learned into action. Finally, when we experience some success doing these things in our own lives, God wants us to teach others what we have learned and help them on their Christian walk as they also strive to follow Christ. - Amen

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"Just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory." These words from Paul remind us that we are to continuously refine ourselves. Although we will never be worthy on our own, through God's grace, mercy, and love, we can be saved and be a part of God's kingdom through obedience and tender hearts.

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