Pocket Sized Thoughts – 2 Thessalonians – Part 1

You may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer.” (1:5)

Paul wrote his second letter to the Thessalonian church ‘hot on the heels’ after the first one. Evidently, some interpreted his first letter as to mean that the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ was extremely imminent. This had led some to give up their work, neglect their families and spend a large amount of time aimlessly watching for the Lord’s return. So, in 2 Thessalonians, Paul corrects these false notions by stating that certain events must happen before the Lord’s return. In addition, Paul says that instead of being inactive, we must be diligent in every aspect of life in anticipation of the Lord’s return. Paul gives thanks that their faith has grown, their love has increased but also because they have shown great patience under every form of trial. This patience plainly declares the righteousness of God’s judgment; it vindicates Him. If we, like most of the world, shun patience and react strongly against trials, then God’s righteous justice against sin will not be put into so sharp a focus. By allowing His people to go through certain difficult and painful things, they are witnesses to the world that another kingdom, is coming. Do we live in such a way that our lives declare the righteousness of God in His judgment against all the sin of the world?

PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you that my life can be used to clearly demonstrate Your righteousness and justice in all things.”