1 Thessalonians 5. Forum Discussion

Chapter 5 begins with Paul reminding the Thessalonians that the day of the Lord will come, “Just as a thief in the night.” Because the Thessalonians have heard the message, they should not be surprised or caught off guard when Jesus returns. He reminds them that they (like us) are not in darkness and that they are, “Sons of light and sons of day.”

It’s interesting to see Paul’s thoughts about night and darkness compared to light and day time. It reminds me of an old coach that used to tell his players, “Nothing good happens after midnight.” As Paul tells us in his letter to the Thessalonians, God wants us to be alert and sober and not drunk and tired. He talks about faith and knowledge and how they are a type of armor and how we should, “Put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.”

As human beings, we all have a basic need and a desire to have a hope for something bigger than ourselves. In our search for substance and significance, we can begin and end our search with God’s word. There is no greater resource and there is no greater source of love than the bible. Paul goes on encouraging the brethren in verse 11, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.”

The more one reflects on the final chapter in 1 Thessalonians, the more they will feel Paul’s encouragement. He tells the readers to, “Appreciate those who diligently labor among you.” In the world, people value money, fame, materialism, popularity and all kinds of value systems that are contrary to God’s teachings. It’s refreshing to see Paul pointing out that the real people that deserve our respect are those serving the Lord. Paul exhorts the Thessalonians to:

  • “Live in peace with one another.”
  • “Admonish the unruly.”
  • “Encourage the fainthearted.”
  • “Help the weak.”
  • “Be patient with everyone.”
  • And to, “See that no one repays another evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.”

Finally, in verse 21, Paul pleads for the Thessalonians to, “Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” - Amen

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"Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass." - Amen

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